About the Artist

Her work and roots

As a child growing up in Pointe Claire, Quebec in the fifties and sixties, Linda, with her brother and sister, spent long hours in the woods and fields surrounding their home, collecting plants and insects. Her parents encouraged a love and respect of nature and a fascination in living things. She had a passion for drawing and would create detailed studies of plants and flowers. After leaving college to pursue a career in business, she never let go of the desire to follow her artistic urges. She took fine arts courses alongside of business administration, while working for a trust company in Montreal. In 1979, she moved to Dunham with her husband Ken to raise their two daughters, Jennifer and Kerry. When the girls were in secondary school, she returned to Concordia University, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours in 1994. In studying the work of other painters, she found herself drawn to and inspired by the vibrant colours of the late American painter, Georgia O’Keeffe, the light and realism of Canadian Mary Pratt and the Dutch master, Vermeer.

Artistic Vision

I paint in oil in a realistic style that has been called visionary realism.*  I am fascinated by the way in which light transforms nature’s subjects, and I am inspired to capture fleeting moments, such as the instant before a drop of rainwater falls from a berry, the patterns of sunlight on autumn leaves, or the morning sun shining through delicate flower petals. Light transforms, brings out the true essence of nature’s creations. I am motivated to capture this essence, to paint the soul of the object, whether it be leaf, flower, fruit or butterfly. My paintings symbolize the fragility of nature and life, and become metaphors for the human condition. I draw attention to the life messages that can be found in nature. These messages are often subtle and easily overlooked and it is my goal to make the viewer stop and take notice of the wonderful things that surround them. Because we live in such a fast-paced computerized world, we are constantly bombarded with quick, flashy images. I think people need to slow down and appreciate the incredible beauty of nature with all its hidden subtleties; perhaps they will gain a greater respect for nature and for each other.

*Visionary realism: Suzanne Joubert, 1994:
“Human capacity to imagine beyond reality, as it is known, is also part of reality…
Figurative painting, with an approach of relative optical realism, can be one way of widening the perception of reality beyond the banal and the shallow; a way to think in images rather than in words or concept. One may thus communicate with the world, with others, and communicate the world, as one sees it, to others.” 

 

 

Achievements

Since graduating from university, Linda has actively pursued her artistic vision, participating in many group and solo exhibitions in Montreal, Toronto and Calgary. For three years, she acted as art centre director for the Town of Dunham, mounting monthly exhibitions of local artists.  Her paintings have won numerous awards: - Life Cycles / Les cycles de la vie (shown above) in 1997 at the province wide annual exhibit at the Musée d’art Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, and  Fall Embers, Rhododendron Trio and Fall’s Last Fling in 2001 and 2002, at the Women’s Art Society of Montreal exhibitions. Annually since 1997 her work has been chosen by the Government of Canada’s Farm Credit Corporation together with other well known Canadian artists to be included on their widely distributed calendar, twice appearing as the cover artist. Her work has been featured in several publications, including Parkhurst Exchange, The Beveled Edge, Lepidopterist News, Brome County News, La Tour de Sutton and International Artist Magazine, where she was identified as a “Master Painter of the World”.

Each autumn, Linda's favourite season, she opens her studio in Dunham to the public for three weekends, for La Tournée des 20.

Linda was elected a signature member of the Society of Canadian Artists, SCA/SAC in 1997, and is currently their Quebec representative and Vice President, Membership.
 

Linda Hobley was represented by the Gainsborough Gallery in Calgary, Alberta from 1998 to 2008. Her work is in corporate and private collections across Canada, in England, the United States, South Korea, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Spain and Dubai.

You may contact the artist Linda Hobley (Tannahill) at her studio:
1 (450) 295 2131
3319, Bullard Rd.,
Dunham, Québec,
J0E 1M0