Linda Budge is a painter and an animal lover who combines her passions for art and living creatures to produce works that radiate empathy and painterly grace. Her extensive knowledge of animals and deep experience interacting with them explains her uncanny ability to capture her subjects so accurately; and also helps to explain why her work carries such emotional power.
Linda’s story begins in Salt Lake City, Utah as the youngest child of three. Her summers were spent in Brighton at a cabin where Linda was surrounded with breath taking scenery; spruce and aspen trees, deep blue lakes, streams and ponds. She and her brother spent most of their time fishing, catching tadpoles and building elaborate cages for the mice and chipmunks they captured. Childhood experiences that led to a lifelong fascination with animals.
Linda has won numerous awards for her art and pieces of her work can be found in the permanent collections of several libraries, museums and corporations. One of her highest honors was a painting commissioned in 1983 by the State of Wyoming as a gift to President Reagan. Linda herself presented it to the President. The painting, of antelope, hung for many years in the living room of the President’s California residence. It was moved by the President himself to the Reagan Library in Simi Valley where it remains to this day.
Linda has spent a lifetime honing her skills as a painter and cultivating her love for animals. Every new picture and every interaction with another critter has enhanced her knowledge of these animals and birds, and her ability to portray them; and has provided those fortunate enough to have seen her work, a unique, even revelatory, glimpse into the animal kingdom.