Biography & Publications
About the Artist:
In 2002, Linda Lucas Hardy made a decision to refer to herself as a professional artist. Since that decision her art, and/or articles, have been published in two dozen magazines and sixteen books. Her work has been juried into more than 80 National and International exhibitions and she's won an equal number of awards and honors, many being Best of Show. She is an 18 year veteran of colored pencil instruction and has taught Oil Painting for the last 6. Linda has taught classes and workshops in 15 states and 2 countries to hundreds of students aged 8 to 88
None if it came easy however. Living in a small town, having few resources and no mentors or advisers meant she had to be her own motivator and teacher. Linda realized the necessity of using what she had, meager as that might be, or give up and do nothing. Doing nothing means a dream can never be realized, so it was never an option. For her, the unknown became the inevitable...it's called flying by the seat of your pants.
Before making the transition to oil in 2008 Linda spent eighteen years working in colored pencil, which is where she garnered most of her notoriety. Experience and determination had been a close ally so she believed she could teach herself oil as she had taught herself colored pencil...or as she prefers to say, let the medium teach her. It didn't take long before she realized it was not going to be as straight forward as she thought. The brush wouldn't cooperate and the paint was not helping. No matter what she did the brush was not going to be a pencil. After a painful and frustrating two year battle a breakthrough came when a little voice said, "Linda, take what you learned from colored pencil and apply it to oil." That one thought opened up a whole world of possibilities. From that point on everything changed. Linda eventually started experimenting with transparent glazes, much like layering in colored pencil, and became intrigued. Even though glazing is time consuming and takes considerable pre-planning she prefers that to painting Alla Prima, a term meaning paintings done in one sitting. At long last the frustration ceased and a joy of learning took its place.
She is a ten-year merit award recipient in the Colored Pencil Society of America, past President of CPSA 215, the Dallas/Ft Worth District Chapter and past President of CPSA 222, the Texarkana Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Linda is Signature member of the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, a Signature member of the Irving Art Association and has been member of the Mt. Pleasant Texas Art Society over 30 years.
If you would be interested in purchasing her work she is represented by Southwest Gallery, 4500 SIGMA at Welch - Dallas, Texas 75244 - 972.960.8935- 800.272.9910 and Davis & Blevins, The Main Street Gallery, 108 S Main, St. Jo TX 76265 - 904-995-2787 - 877-221-2158.
Linda currently lives in North East, TX with her husband of 47 years and their two dogs, Max & Toby.
2018 - Plein Air Magazine - Best of Category Awards - April/May
2018 - Voyage Dallas Magazine, a Dallas City Guide
2017 - “YOUR CONNECTION’’. A publication of the Mt Pleasant, Texas -Titus County Chamber of Commerce.
2017 - Fine Art Connoisseur - Classic Moment - February 2017
2016 - American Art Collector-Best of America-Juried Variety-September Issue
2016 - Southwest Art Magazine - Best of America - September Issue
2015 - Ann Kullberg's Color - A Colored Pencil Magazine - Sept 2015 Issue 189
2014 - American Art Collector - Artistic Excellence - April Issue
2013 - American Art Collector - Twelve Years Strong - April Issue
2013 - American Art Collector - Dramatic Strokes - January Issue
2013 - International Artists Magazine - Challenge No. 72, Favorite Subjects Winner - Dec/Jan Issue
2011 - The Artists Magazine - Tools You Can't Do Without - November Issue
2008 - Art & Critique
2008 - Southwest Art Magazine - Ten Artists to Watch for 2008 - January Issue
2007 - International Artists Magazine - Feature Article - "Making the Ordinary Extraordinary!" Oct/Nov Issue
2007 - Artists Magazine - Feature Article - Sandpaper & Paintbrushes? A colored pencil artists unusual techniques create vivid, compelling effects." July/Aug Issue
2007 - American Artists Magazine - November Issue
2007 - American Artists Magazine - October Issue
2007 - Southwest Art Magazine - September Issue
2007 - American Artists DRAWING - Winter Issue
2006 - The Artist's Magazine - Best Art of 2006 - December Issue
2006 - American Artists DRAWING - Winter Issue
2006 - American art COLLECTOR - September Issue
2006 - Southwest Art Magazine - September Issue
2006 - Northlight Magazine - Third Place Cover Competition - March Issue
2005 - Artist's Magazine - Title article, "Your Best Yet". July Issue
2005 - International Artists Magazine - Grand Prize Award - Oct/Nov Issue
THE EAGLE - Northeast Texas Community College - Northeast art professor continues to get published. Volume 33, Issue 7 - March 24, 2016
HIGHLIGHTS - Bosque Art Classic - Bosque Arts Center News & Events October 2014
TO THE POINT - CPSA Newsletter Spring-Summer 2012, Vol 21, No. 1
COUNTY LINE MAGAZINE - Feature Article - April 2012
CREATE BETTER PAINTINGS Online Magazine - Feature Article - January 2009
TO THE POINT - CPSA Newsletter Spring-Summer, 2007, Vol 16, No 1
TO THE POINT - CPSA Newsletter Fall/Winter 2007, Vol 16, No. 2
THE SANTA FEAN - September 2006
THE CLIFTON RECORD Vol. 111, No 37 Friday, Sept 15, 2006, page 20
TO THE POINT - CPSA Newsletter Spring 2006, Vol 15, No. 1
FROM MY PERSPECTIVE - September 2004 - Ann Kullberg's colored pencil e-Magazine.
MEMPHIS PLAYBOOK - The Commercial Appeal, Friday, July 30, 2004 pg 32.
FROM MY PERSPECTIVE - March 2004, Ann Kullberg's colored pencil e-magazine.
TO THE POINT - CPSA Newsletter Spring 2002, Vol 12, No. 1
SCRIBBLE - online Magazine - February 2002 Artist of the Month
FROM MY PERSPECTIVE - February 2002 Featured in the "Tips" section of Ann Kullberg's colored pencil e-magazine.
FROM MY PERSPECTIVE - December 2001 Featured in the "Showcase" section of Ann Kullberg's colored pencil e-magazine.
You can find my work in the following books.