2019 Featured Artist
Who would paddle a canoe 459 miles above the Arctic Circle in remote, untamed Alaska just to see muskox in the wild? That would be NatureWorks’ Artist of the Year, Linda Besse. To ensure accuracy in her oil paintings, Linda has traveled to every U.S. state, 37 countries, and all seven continents to see, hear, and even smell the flora and fauna for her wildlife pieces. It is that devotion to authenticity which comes through in her original oil paintings.
And collectors keep coming back. Tami and Pat Feenstra remarked, “One thing that captures our attention in her artwork is each piece tells a story. Her subjects are in the middle of something...the slightest flip of a tail or the angle of a wing perfectly brings these animals to life. Her eye for detail, the way each subject moves, and her gorgeous landscapes all attribute to the magnificence of her wildlife paintings. We feel incredibly fortunate to enjoy several pieces of Linda’s artwork in our homes. What treasures!”
Linda has been exhibiting at NatureWorks since 2002. She has been named the Safari Club International 2018 Artist of the Year, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 2017 Artist of the Year, and Safari Club International 2014 Conservation Artist of the Year. Linda Besse is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America and the Society of Animal Artists and her original oil paintings are in collections on five continents.