Linda Elksnin

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As an elementary student, I took classes at the Philadelphia College of Art, and then went on to earn a BFA from Syracuse University. An interest in children with disabilities led me to earn masters and doctoral degrees in special education. After retiring as a professor, I returned to creating art full time in my studios in North and South Carolina.


Whether abstract or loosely based on reality, the common thread of all my work is color and graphically pleasing design. Children are drawn to my work and adults often describe my paintings as whimsical and happy. Textiles, outsider and folk artists, mainstream artists such as Mark Rothko, Romare Bearden, and Marc Chagall inspire me. I like to incorporate symbols, shapes, and subject matter from a variety of cultures. Subject matter determines the media and I often mix-it-up using acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pastels, and colored pencils.