Who is Linda Beach?
A love of nature and its’ beauty provide the inspirational direction for Linda Beach's art. The challenge of using line, shape, color and the patterns found in commercial fabrics to interpret what she sees is her objective. The process begins with a concept which Linda then transforms into a full size drawing or pattern, each line representing a seam line between two pieces of cloth. The possibilities and limitations of the piecing process are integral parts of the design. The pattern is then cut apart, with each piece of paper being used as a template for a single piece of fabric. The pieces are then joined by machine to become a pieced “top” over a layer of batting and a backing fabric. Finally, she chooses the pattern of her quilting stitches to enhance the scene. This completes the interpretation and adds an extra dimension of texture to the finished piece.
Linda is an award winning quilt artist whose work has been commissioned for many public art installations as well as juried into nationally prominent exhibitions. The depth and complexity she achieves in her quilts have led to their inclusion in several notable publications and books as well as making her a sought-after lecturer and teacher. Among her many accomplishments are serving as an Artist-in-Residence at Denali, Rocky Mountain, Acadia and Mesa Verde National Parks as well as on the Board of Directors of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). Linda currently works out of her studio in Madisonville, Louisiana.