January Guest Artist Watercolorist Linda Soderquist
Watercolor painting and nature conservancy are two priorities for Linda Soderquist. A native of Illinois, Linda spent summers in the remote Boundary Waters area of northern Minnesota, where she nurtured an appreciation of nature and wildlife. Linda holds a B.A. in Fine Art, and after a career teaching gifted elementary students, she retired to a bridgeless barrier island off the Southwest Florida Gulf of Mexico. She became a Master Naturalist involved with sea turtle data collection, shorebird monitoring, and water quality monitoring. Linda also has remained focused on education, mentoring youth conservation initiatives, grant writing, and illustrating three conservation activity books for children. Her work in nature conservancy affords her an opportunity to observe daily the abundant wildlife in the area, which often become subjects of her paintings. Linda has worked as a watercolor instructor at art centers and in informal settings. She exhibits her work in various Florida outdoor art shows and galleries and has received numerous awards. She has also done a National Park Artist in Residency at Big Cypress Preserve. As her work is viewed, Linda hopes the beauty of an unspoiled habitat is felt. It is her wish that a connection with a beach view or tropical image will nurture a heightened awareness of our fragile environment and deepen appreciation of the wonders and beauty of nature.