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Artist’s Statement and Short History January 3, 2010

With an abstract collage on Yupo

Linda Halcomb


As I young child I loved to draw and spent hours sketching horses and designing  paperdolls. I completed my first painting for a 4-H Craft project. As an adult I fell in love with the beauty of watercolor and spent years as a weekend artist. I was finally brave enough to exhibit for two years at the Riley Days Festival in Greenfield, Indiana and was lucky enough to win several awards in drawing and painting. In 1994 I started work on my Masters degree and was forced me to stop painting.

In February, 2007, after fourteen years of inactivity, I picked up a brush again. I now paint because I love to paint and I realize that I am just at the beginning of a rewarding and challenging journey. I have so much still to learn. I do however have a philosophy. I do not want to hit the viewer over the head with a message. I just want to share my love of watercolor with its pure, luminous color – its brilliance and delicacy. Renoir said it best,

“A picture must be an amicable thing, joyous and pretty – yes pretty! There are enough troublesome things in life without inventing others.”


Watercolor Society of Indiana, Incoming Chairman – Workshop Programs

Hoosier Salon


2007, 2008, 2009 Will Vawter Exhibition

2007, 2008 Riley Days Festival, Several Awards

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Indiana State Fair – professional Division

2012 (purchase award), 2013 Hoosier Salon Juried Show

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Watercolor Society of Indiana Juried Show

2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Midwest National Abstract Show (Juried)

Other Shows:

Hoosier Salon: Holiday and Members Shows

Hancock County Arts & Cultural Council: Historic National Road, Red and Artist’s Choice Exhibits

Watercolor Society of Indiana: Regional  Show and Member’s Shows

Southside Art League: Student (3rd Prize) and Member’s (1st and 3rd Prize) Shows

GBC Gallery – One Woman Show 2009, 2011

Oak Park Presbyterian Church – One Woman Show 2011

Multiple exhibits in local commercial locations.


19 Responses to “Artist’s Statement and Short History”

  1. Emma Says:

    Linda, you are a very talented artist. No wonder you have such good taste.

  2. aloha Linda – today i’ve figured out blogging so this is an fyi to let you know that i’ve added you to one of my blogroll areas. if you’d prefer that i didnt, please let me know. i have no idea how the areas might change, but they probably will over time – just so you know. – have fun, yes. and paint on! – aloha – Wrick

    • Dear Linda,

      I want to thank you for your comment on my brand new (and first) blog. You made the very first contact with me and I am so excited that you too are a fellow watercolor artist! The little i have explored your blog I couldnt agree more with your painting because you just love doing it. I think I will do a blog on what the actual process of making a watercolor means to me. It is analagous to the way I strive to live my life! Thanks again and I am excited to start connecting with fellow artists out there…

  3. Emma Says:

    Hi Linda,
    Your watercolors are so beautiful. I am so intimidated by water color as it is probably the challenging medium to master. Hats off to you!

    • Hi Emma, I also think watercolor is very challenging, that’s why I also do drawings and acrylic abstracts! LOL! Don’t be intimidated…I figure if others can learn how so can I…but I must be honest – at times I can also be very frustrated and disappointed. That’s life – right? Thank you for visiting. I hope you will comment again! Linda

  4. Angie Says:

    thank you for stopping by my blog!

    i admire all artists like yourself. 🙂 keep up the great work, linda!

  5. Hello Linda!
    I just wanted to thank you again for stopping by my blog. You do some wonderful work yourself, I especially enjoy your use of color! Would you mind if I added you to my blog roll? I’m always looking for fellow creatives and artists to link to.

    Thanks again, and take care!


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  7. Hi Linda!
    Oh my, you do everything!!! Lovely, lovely site. I am crazy about watercolors (I still have a long way to go), so they have to be my favorites here. So happy you left a comment on my blog so that I can visit you now. Enjoy the first day of spring! Too bad it doesn’t feel like it today, at least in Michigan it doesn’t!

    Hugs, Margie

  8. Hello Linda,

    I wanted to pass this award to you because your artwork is outstanding and I enjoy looking at your blog with new inspiration! Keep up the great work!
    Here is the link…

    Sincerely, Debby Frisella

  9. Hello again Linda,

    It was this link,, sorry about that!

    Debby Frisella

  10. Nuno Says:

    Hi Linda.

    I received the Versatile Blogger Award recently. I must nominate some of my favorite blogs so I am nominating yours.

    Thank your sharing your art.

    Best regards.

  11. Thank you for sharing your love of watercolor; your work is beautiful.

  12. Hello, Linda, and thank you for your encouraging comment on my new blog! It’s such a treat when a fellow artist somehow lands on my pages and takes the time to share their reaction. Your work is beautiful. I love the looseness of your sketches and wc pieces. This is what I strive toward — watercolor is so very challenging. Keep flowing …

  13. Denise Skilone Says:

    I loved you’re artwork. You truly are a FABULOUS artist!!!!! Do you know who teaches on line? Thanks Much Linda

  14. thatssojacob Says:

    Hey there Linda! Just tuned into your blog – very nice! I gave you a follow 🙂 if you’d like to return the favor, come say hi and join the fun over at my place, Have a great day!

  15. susan Jones Says:

    Linda, I am a retired social studies teacher who is substitute teaching in a high school art program. The teacher is going to be out all year. I am learning each project and then teaching it to the students. It has opened the sleeping artist in me. I enjoy your blog and just ordered the book you suggested. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

  16. paisleystorm Says:

    I found your blog after many clicks on a Google search for unique watercolor techniques. I found the image of your piece titled “Spring” on several different websites, finally finding the oldest post on this blog.

    I have been an on-again off-again “wannabe artist” for over 30 years and have only attended maybe 5 art lessons in my life, however; on January first of this year, I completed a piece in my visual art journal that I was extremely pleased with and felt I could finally call myself​ an artist.

    When I found the image I had been chasing was created by you I started reading your posts, originally hoping to discover your technique and 2 hours later I have read the last six or seven years of your life, with great pleasure. You appear to me as a bringer of light and illumination. Your art is courageous, insightful and inspiring, as well as a pleasure to explore.

    I felt the need to highlight the tremendous value you have and do add to the universe through your art, as an educator, storyteller and a leader. Your family alone is testament to the positive generational impact you make. I am obviously not the first person to admire you. Thank you for being such an inspirational role model.

    I wish you many lifetimes of blessings, prosperity and joy.

    Your newest student,

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