Linda Schwarz, Photographer
I inherited a love for photographing Pacific Northwest landscapes from my dad and grandfather when I received a Brownie camera at the age of seven. The passion to photograph has been with me my whole life. A degree in Fine Art from the University of Puget Sound prepared me for careers in technical illustration, graphic design and landscape design. I moved from Seattle to Langley, on Whidbey Island, in 2007.
Photography has trained my eye to have a constant heightened visual awareness of my surroundings. Seeing becomes a personal deep inner experience for me. Having a background in design influences my ability to translate scenes as a combination of design elements, such as line, form, texture, contrast, pattern, perspective and light. Having a natural eye for composition has always given me the greatest joy in my creative expression. My photographic work is often likened to watercolor painting for its impressionistic style and rendered use of soft focus, muted color and light. I like to depict the timeless, contemplative moods of our stunning native landscapes, and invite the viewer to experience, as I do, the perfect design, true beauty and the essential resonant stillness of nature that surrounds us.
My photographs have been published, exhibited and collected for more than 30 years and are shown year round at Whidbey Art Gallery in Langley, WA. I publish a calendar of my photographs from Whidbey Island that is sold locally in stores and at Whidbey Art Gallery beginning each Fall. Or, I can be contacted in person for calendars to be mailed.
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