Linda Packard (b. 1952) is an en plein air landscape painter, who recently transitioned to a totally process driven studio practice. Her new abstract paintings bring the sensuous physicality of her visceral landscapes to a new level. Packard, who has a profound interest in the abstract expressionist movement, is admittedly enamored by its painters. She studied the work of Willem de Kooning and second-generation painters, such as Joan Mitchell, both of whom influenced her mark making, paint handling, and the desire to work intuitively. Emily Mason's work (also a second generation AE artist) impacted her use of glazing to achieve color luminosity.The one artist whose work she returns to most often is Joan Mitchell. For Packard, Mitchell’s paintings reflect the raw emotions of her experiences, often without specific intention.
After receiving a BA in Studio Art from Smith College, Packard moved to Boston where she worked as librarian and a printmaker, and studied book arts. She eventually moved to Maine and opened a graphic design firm. In 2006, Packard returned to pursuing a fine art career. A one-week summer workshop with the late Boston painter, Jon Imber, in Stonington, Maine, marked the beginning of her love affair with the expressiveness of oil paint and en plein air painting. Packard spent five years working with Imber, who she still cites as one of her greatest influences.
In 2009, Packard participated in the Great Spruce Head Island Art Week residency. In 2015, she was awarded a Heliker-LaHotan Foundation residency fellowship, and in the fall of 2017 she participated a month-long residency in at Weir Farm in Wilton, Connecticut. Packard lives in Bangor Maine, where she maintains a year-round studio.