"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up"
Pablo Picasso

Artist Statement

Inspired by the colors, shapes, lines and textures in nature, I enjoy creating many layers of paint and mark making within my work. Each mark, scrape, and tear reveals the history and beauty underneath the surface. I enjoy finding hidden beauty in a landscape and employ abstraction to bring forth the essence of the scene. Using oil paint with cold wax medium in my paintings allows me to create many transparent and opaque layers which I can excavate into, thus revealing hidden treasures underneath.

It is my hope that the art I create brings the viewer into a closer looking experience and succeeds in expressing the beauty, intrigue and depth in the world around us.  


Artist Bio

Currently residing in Leawood, KS, Linda Nickell enjoys creating art in her studio space at home as well as Studio Above located in the Crossroads area of Kansas City, MO. She is a former manager of school programs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and for many years enjoyed opening up the world of art to students of all ages through creative programming. She has a degree in art education and fine arts from Missouri State University. Previous to employment at the museum, Linda was an art educator in public and private schools as well as a graphic designer and illustrator for corporations in the Kansas City area.

Linda has exhibited in solo and group shows in the Kansas City and Dallas areas with many of her works being held in private collections in a variety of cities.

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Studio Above, Open First Fridays from 6-9 pm, 2016 Baltimore, KCMO

Truman Medical Center, Healing Arts Collection. Work featured in the University Health Building No. 2

ArtsKC, 106 Southwest Blvd. 

March-April 2020

3DHQ. September-Nov 2019

231 W. 47th St, KCMO

Country Club Plaza

Eva Reynolds Fine Arts Gallery

5621 W 135th St.,

Overland Park, KS. and

Ironhorse Gallery, 5241 W. 151st Terrace, Leawood, KS.

MLB Gallery, 2020 Baltimore,

July-August 2019

Paper Birch Landing. Women in the Arts show. March 2019

Vanessa Lacy Gallery, Small works show, Dec 14, 2018-Feb 1, 2019

One Night Stand, Kansas City Artist Coalition, Nov 2018
2010 Gallery, 95th and Nall, Overland Park, KS. Oct-Dec 2018

Art at the Center, 2018 Landscape Show, Overland Park, KS.,

Oct 2018

Umbrella Gallery, Dallas, TX. Solo show, Jan-March 2018

R.G. Endres Gallery, Prairie Village, KS.  May 2018

Art Source and Design, Leawood, KS. Featured artist, Nov. 2017

Let There Be Latte, Overland Park, KS. Solo shows 2016 and 2014

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