Born in Los Angeles, California, Linda Lamore began painting at the age of eleven. Her early influences were her mother, an artist, and her father, an architect, whose passion for the Bauhaus style and Modern Art inspired her love of abstraction.
“Painting has always been something I just had to do, a need, a compulsion.”
She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from San Diego State University in 1995, where she majored in painting and minored in sculpture. She went on to received her teaching credential and taught art, 3-D design and ceramics for six years. Her longing to produce art full-time, and a desire to slow down and feel connected to a community, led her to Ashland, Oregon.
At first glance Lamore’s paintings come across as impressionist paintings. They have multiple strokes where the color is built up to capture the effects of light as it plays across the surface of the color and texture. But unlike the impressionists, Lamore is not attempting to capture an impression of a scene. Instead like the Abstract Expressionists, Lamore is unconcerned with subject matter and primarily concerned with capturing a mood and the process of painting. “My goal with my art is to paint a specific mood so that the viewer can immerse themselves within it. ”
In this series the fields of color on the heavily painted surfaces appear to refract and break apart, showing multiple layers of color that move and dance across the surface. The entire painting is done with a palette knife. A technique that Lamore has used for four years now. She applies layer upon layer of oil paint, making the colors merge and flow.
“By removing all structure and subject matter and just focusing on how light plays across the surface of colors, my refracted color fields allow me to be more spontaneous and fluid. Hopefully this will allow you, the viewer, to visually step into them and meander awhile.”