Linda Tully (b 1958 Ontario, Canada) and her husband were traveling and living on a boat in 2017 when this self-taught artist was set on a path to establishing an art ministry, and to becoming a full-time Abstract Expressionist painter working exclusively in oil and cold wax medium.
Linda’s most recent body of work, “Painting the Desert,” is her response to a post-pandemic season of waiting and resting and seeking a new direction for ministry, and was inspired by the writings of Alessandro Pronzato: “The desert is the threshold to the meeting ground of God and man. You do not settle there, you pass through. ….”
“I think most of us are wandering a spiritual desert, and regardless of the season that one finds oneself, it’s important to remember we’re not alone. There is One who is holding all things together, who longs to be known by us, and who longs to lead us on our journey. There is tremendous hope in that!”
Through color choices and the way layers of paint rest on the canvas, Linda’s goal is that her paintings might stir the quiet voice in viewers and encourage them to look beyond what is happening all around, and to find hope in all that is being restored.
Linda was introduced to oil and cold wax medium, and to abstract expressionism, through a workshop with Contemporary Artist Rebecca Crowell. Today, Linda finds inspiration in the work of Asheville Artist Grace Carol Bomer, who expresses the Biblical narrative in a powerful way, Artist and Gallery Curator Kelly Kruse who shares her studio practices with transparency and humility, and Artist David Mankin for his brilliant use of color to express his surrounding landscape in the UK.
Linda lives and works in Beaufort, SC and can be found weekdays at her studio/gallery downtown. She is active in the local art community, having recently served on the Executive Board of the Beaufort Art Association. Linda is also a member of CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts).
This is actually my personal mission statement, and so makes sense to include it here as my "Artists's Statement."
“I prayerfully and skillfully create abstract paintings that inspire reflection in those who hunger, knowingly or unknowingly, for connection with God, so that they might live the abounding life they were uniquely created to live.”