My realist still life oil paintings are always painted exclusively from life, never from photographs. In this way, I capture the exact quality of light as seen by a human eye. Though my paintings seem timeless, they are illuminated by a modern light source, creating dramatic contrasts between dark and light, distinguishing them from the more muted light of classical works. I choose a few distinctive objects, carefully balance them, and bath them in light and shadow, imbuing them with weight and importance. The techniques that I use, I learned from studying the old masters, adapting them to modern tools and my own sensibilities. My oil paintings are built up from a series of layers, contrasting heavy impasto with delicate, thin glazes. The contrast of these textures gives the paintings depth and complexity. Though my paintings are highly detailed, they are essentialized, only including the important and discarding the non-essential.


Linda Mann lives and works in Bellevue, WA, USA. Mann studied at the Gage Academy of Art (Seattle, WA) and The Academy of Art College (San Francisco, CA). She has been painting for nearly three decades and has had solo exhibitions at the Hyatt Regency (Bellevue, WA) and Quent Cordair Fine Art (Burlingame, CA). Mann has been selected Associate Living Master by the Artist Renewal Center as well as a Finalist in their 2019 International Salon.


Studio Classes, Gage Academy of Art (fka. Academy of Realist Art), Seattle, WA, USA

Studio Classes, Academy of Art College, San Francisco

B.S., Industrial Design, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, USA


The Challenger School Corporate Headquarters, Ogden, Utah, USA
David Schooler, past president of the Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA, USA

Awards and Honors

Finalist in Art Renewal Center’s 15th International Salon Competition

Finalist in Art Renewal Center’s 14th International Salon Competition

Selected as an ‘Associate Living Master’ by Art Renewal Center


Biddle, Craig. “An Interview with Linda Mann,” The Intellectual Activist, vol. 19, No. 4.

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