After nearly two decades of professionally creating paintings on silk a disabling post Lyme illness forced me to close my studio. It was a devastating time in my life and although I still deal with chronic pain and fatigue I have recently begun to create paintings on silk again along with other various mediums.
Silk painting is an ancient Asian art form that was once used to decorate kimonos. It is very unique and mysterious. The silk itself is seemingly so fragile yet it is one of the strongest fibers in nature. There is also a serendipitous quality to painting on silk with dyes. The process never allows the artist to be fully in control or to know exactly the effect that will be created.
My paintings on silk are whimsical vignettes of both rural and urban life in New England. It is my hope that they instill in the viewer a sense of nostalgia and that familiar feeling one gets when they are reminded of "Home". I also hope that my silk paintings are as healing to those that view my work as the process of creating them is to me.
Originally from Gaylordsville, Connecticut Linda has been active in art from the time she was very young. After graduating from New Milford High School where she focused on photography and art, Linda studied Photography through New York Institute of Photography while she worked with cancer patients in a hospice program through a local VNA.
In the early 1980's she moved to Hawaii where she apprenticed in photography. Upon returning to Connecticut Linda managed a photo supply and processing store while showing her photography in galleries and at art shows.
Linda married her husband Don in 1991 and moved to Vermont in 1993 where she and her husband lived a self-sufficient life on their 25-acre homestead on the Canadian border. During this time Linda was focused on creating handmade paper collages as well as linoleum prints and traveled to craft shows to sell her work.
In the late 1990’s Linda began experimenting with painting on silk first by creating silk scarves and ties. Her work was accepted into a number of galleries and she continued to do craft shows. In 2000 the Marcille’s sold their farm and moved to central Vermont. It was there that Linda turned her focus to creating paintings on silk featuring whimsical vignettes of Vermont life. She was contacted by a number of galleries interested in carrying her silk paintings so she retired from the craft show circuit and sold her silk paintings solely through art galleries.
Linda's paintings on silk are bright, whimsical vignettes of everyday life. They instill a joyful childlike response in the viewer and are meant to provoke happy, healing emotions. Linda also creates a very limited quantity of hand-painted and block printed silk scarves, and ties that are only sold at her open studio events and to wholesale customers. Linda's work has appeared on WCAX channel 3 News and can often be seen in Vermont magazines and publications.
Linda strongly believes in the healing properties of art, both for the viewer and the creator. She feels that art must be made available to those with chronic & terminal illness as part of their treatment plan. Linda has lived with the challenges of chronic illness for decades so she knows first hand how healing and restorative the creative process can be.
Past Retail & Wholesale Locations
Artisans' Hand Gallery in Montpelier, VT.
Stowe Craft and Design Center
Artisans Gallery Waitsfield, VT
Frog Hollow Gallery in Burlington, VT.
Frog Hollow Gallery in Middlebury, VT.
Frog Hollow Gallery in Manchester, VT.
North of the Falls, Bradford VT.
Gallery at the Vault Springfield, VT
Northshire Book Store, Manchester, VT
Hayseed Gifts, Wilmington, VT
Vermont Artisan Designs, Brattleboro, VT
Silk Painters International (SPIN)
American Craft Council
Vermont Arts Council
Vermont Craft Council
Vermont Hand Crafters
Silk Painters International
Silk Painters Guild
National Museum of Women in the Arts
SDA Surface Design Association