"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up"
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.
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.
Studio Above, Open First Fridays from 6-9 pm, 2016 Baltimore, KCMO
Truman Medical Center, 2020 Healing Arts Collection. Work featured in the University Health Building No. 2
ArtsKC, March-April 2020 106 Southwest Blvd
3DHQ. Sept - Nov 2019
231 W. 47th St, KCMO
Country Club Plaza
Eva Reynolds Fine Arts Gallery
5621 W 135th St.,
Overland Park, KS
Ironhorse Gallery, 5241 W. 151st Terrace, Leawood, KS
MLB Gallery, July-August 2019 2020 Baltimore
Paper Birch Landing. March 2019 Women in the Arts show
Vanessa Lacy Gallery, Dec 2018 - Feb, 2019, Small works show
One Night Stand, Nov 2018
Kansas City Artist Coalition
2010 Gallery, Oct - Dec 2018
95th and Nall, Overland Park, KS
Art at the Center, Oct 2018 Landscape Show, Overland Park, KS
Umbrella Gallery, Jan - March 2018
Dallas, TX. Solo show
R.G. Endres Gallery, May 2018
Prairie Village, KS
Art Source and Design, Nov. 2017
Leawood, KS. Featured artist
Let There Be Latte, Overland Park, KS. Solo shows 2016 and 2014