Drawing is a wonderful form of expression. Pastels combine drawing with a pure pigment and painting without a brush. While Linda also enjoys watercolor, acrylic, graphite and pen and ink, she loves pastels the most. Linda says making art is just an immersion in joy. Painting en plain air is even better: to experience the temperature, breezes, sounds, sights, and emotions of the scene in real time on location makes a painting most personal. Seeking to portray the emotion of a location is her goal.

While Linda was born in Petoskey, MI, her family moved to Washtenaw County when she was just five. Saline is now her home with her husband and daughter. She loves to paint in Northern Michigan including the upper peninsula where her grandparents settled coming from Finland at the beginning of the 20th Century. From the far north to the south of Michigan there is great subject matter. Linda is drawn to cityscapes, landscapes, and water and sky dramas.   

Linda’s 1970 degree in interior design is  from Michigan State University and in 2020, she marked 50 years in her profession. She was self-employed since 1979.  Now, it is time to paint full time.  

She has studied with nationally known professional pastel artists for nearly two decades to develop her own style and learn many techniques. 

Linda Klenczar is a member of the Chelsea Painters, Great lakes Pastel Society, Ann Arbor Area Pastelists, The Huron River Art Collective (formerly AAWA), the Michigan Water Color Society, the Great Lakes Plein Air Painters Association, The Artists Guild of Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI, and the Gutman Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI  Linda retired as a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers. 

Linda has won many awards from the Huron River Art Collective, The Great Lakes Pastel  Society, The Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey and the Great Lakes Plein Air Painters,  and was the Grand Prize winner in the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival 2018, Honorable  Mention for Pastel Journal Magazine 2022.

Contact her at 734 645-8839    Email:  lindajkklenczar@gmail.com    

Website: lindaklenczar.com     Instagram:  lindaklenczarartist

Linda’s Work