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Linda Herst

Born in Brooklyn, New York. Cowboys were her childhood heroes. Moved to Arizona as a teen and began riding at every opportunity. Graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Speech and Drama; minors were Art and Music. She also attended Phoenix College and the University of Colorado at Greeley where she acted in summer stock productions. At the Little Theatre of the Rockies Linda gained valuable experience designing and painting sets.

Linda acted in several Hollywood movies as well as doing make-up and taking on the position of associate producer on several projects. As a member of the permanent stock company at the Sombrero playhouse in Phoenix she acted with many Hollywood stars before settling down to marriage and raising kids, horses and peacocks. In 1976 she attended the famous Art Students League in New York City specializing in design and figurative painting.

For eighteen years Linda taught Art, Music, and Drama at Williams Air Force Base School in Arizona. When the base closed in 1993 Linda taught the Pima Indians on their reservation south of Phoenix. She joined in their stories, dances and rituals around the fire many times.

In 1995 Linda set up the Community and Special classes curriculum at Chandler Gilbert Community College. She acted as administrator of this program for several years.

When she retired from education Linda decided to devote herself full time to oil painting. She set up a studio and gallery at her ranch south of Gilbert Arizona near the San Tan Mountains, where she could look out her back window at her three Appaloosa horses and portray them in her paintings.

Trying to recreate the west she knows and loves is the theme of her paintings. She has many cowboy friends whom she sketches and photographs as they rope and do their ranch work. In order for her paintings to look authentic she does not hire models. Linda rides her horse at round-ups and ropings to get a feel for the working cowboy and the cowhorse. She even participated in rodeos as a contestant riding her horse Lucky Star around the barrels.

As a working artist Linda attends powwows to photograph and sketch Native Americans to be use in paintings back in her studio.

"I try to recreate the movement, and rhythm of the dancing, as well as the vibrant color, emotion, and dignity of the subjects."

Linda has made many friends among Native Americans and is often invited to their homes for socializing.

Her western paintings can be found in private and corporate collections around the world; including Wells Fargo Bank, Stetson Corporation, Superstition Mountain Museum, J.B. Corporation, and Keller Equipment Company.

Linda has been published numerous times in Southwest Art Magazine, and Western Horseman. She is a member of the prestigious American Academy of Women Artists.

"My paintings reflect an honest response to the world around me. I want to tell stories of the west through light, color, design, and texture. I try to place the viewer right there in the middle of the excitement and provoke an emotional rush in him."