Linda Packard Biography
Linda Packard (b. 1952) Gestural and abstracted, Packard’s work remains strongly informed by her many years as a plein air landscape painter. She continues to be drawn to the same organic shapes and marks, rich textures, and earthy palette.
Embracing the physicality of oil paint, Packard finds beauty and excitement in the way it behaves with a wide variety of mark-making tools and different surfaces. Juxtaposing thick and thin, opaque and transparent, adding and scraping out, makes for dynamic compositions and intriguing details in up-close viewing.
Packard holds a BA in Studio Art from Smith College with a concentration in drawing and printmaking. She continued study at the Boston Etching Studio and at the Kaji Aso Studio/Gallery, Boston, as well as typography and book arts at Northeastern University. From 2009 to 2013 Packard was a student of the late master painter, Jon Imber, of Boston and Stonington, Maine. She was awarded a Heliker-LoHotan Residency Fellowship on Great Cranberry Island, Maine in 2015 and was a Weir Farm Artist-in- Residence in Wilton, CT in 2017.
A native of central Massachusetts, Packard has lived in Maine—currently in Bangor— since 1985. She has been active in the Maine arts community and maintains a full-time painting studio in downtown Bangor.
Her paintings are included in corporate and private collections throughout the United States.