Linda Martin is a freelance writer, artist/illustrator, born (Linda Croucher) in Sydney, Australia. She began to seriously study art at the age of fourteen, under the guidance of Raymon de Cusack.
Those early years proved to be a solid foundation for her qualifications in showcard and ticketwriting, information technology and fine arts, and successes in both commercial and fine arts. From 1985 to 1995 Linda taught art and exhibited throughout the central west of New South Wales.
Then, moving northward, she found inspiration in the natural beauty of the mid-north coast.
Not long after her arrival in the region she was commissioned to illustrate “A Biblical Herbal”, client Blair Montague-Drake, Earth Images. This book was highly commended for its design at the 1998 Christian Book of the Year Awards.
A series of her written and illustrated stories for children was published on-line in 1999 … client Navneet.
Although Linda works in pastel, acrylics and watercolours, her most recent achievements have been in the field of digital art, resulting in three cyber-awards and a third place in MOCA’s digital art contest 2001.
She represented Australia at India’s first International Digital Art Exhibition at the Oxford Gallery, Calcutta, in December 1999 and at a second exhibition held at the Nehru Gallery, Mumbai, in 2000.
These works were reviewed in the February issue of India’s design magazine “Inside Outside”.
Also in the year 2000 Linda was featured artist on the DigitalArt Museum website.
At the invitation of Dr Rodney Chang (Hawaii) her first solo exhibition, entitled “Horizon 2001” opened in December 2000.
Prints of Linda’s digital creations were hung at the SOKI International Illustration Exchange exhibition at the Gallery Wooduk, Seoul, Korea.
As a result, in May 2001 her work was a special feature in the ‘Who’s Who’ section of the Korean magazine Design News Week.
In June 2003 the Cafe Blue Frog in Wauchope featured her solo exhibition entitled “New Generation’.
David Malikoff’s presentation of Beowulf, August 2003, featured Linda’s digital images, toured, including the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2004.
In January 2005 Linda was awarded a full residential scholarship to study Botanical Illustration with tutor Barbara Duckworth at Charles SturtUniversity (Mitchell College Summer School).
In 2007 she created the images for David Malikoff’s performance of Mark O’Connor’s ‘Planting the Dunk Botanic Gardens’ which premiered in Wuhan, China, played at The Edinburgh Festival and the Adelaide Festival 2009.
Linda’s work was awarded first place in the Port Macquarie’s Annual Easter Art Exhibition in 2003, 2005 and in 2006.
Artist Statement: Our ancestors shared visual expressions of the world in which they lived with just a small number of others. It has taken tens of thousands of years for artistic creations to emerge from the darkness of a pre-historic cave, into the light of a modern exhibition space.
Today, communication technology is releasing art even further, far beyond the confines of all previous existence, to a place unlimited by the barriers of time and physical distance. Within the Matrix, where all computers meet, is the idea of a global community….whether seeking information or exchange of artistic expression, participating in projects or witnessing as others leave their marks on the walls of this Cyber-Cave.
Art has always served to unify. In the 21st century it will continue to connect humanity and strengthen social bonds in unimaginable, exciting ways.