“My paintings are so connected to me that I don’t know where I end and the paintings begin. I paint everything: my past, my current self exactly where I am, the future. I paint something and then it happens in my life. I paint people and then I meet them.”
Detroit-based artist Linda Ward makes paintings that are deeply honest, instinctually visceral and capture an essence of fleeting life-moments - how it is felt rather than how it is objectively perceived. Her paintings are a continual reminder to give power to one’s intuition and to live curiously in every moment.
In the 500 Portrait project, Ward set a “one and done” rule: finish a painting and then move to the next. There’s no going back to re-work, no fussing, just moving forward. And of course, only painted portraits. These stringent parameters actually made the creativity flow because many decisions that can sometimes hinder the progress were made in advance. Out of this came a lot of experimentation, a lot of new life and a probably the most important thing of all: understanding when a painting is done. This answer is different for every artist.
Ward lives and works in Detroit. Ward received a BA in art from Western Michigan University. Ward’s work has been shown in Detroit and Kalamazoo and is in collections all across North America.
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