Linda Mucha Karns lives and works in the DFW area. She has always loved to draw and paint and began studying the figure in 2003. She retired from a long career in Information Technology to focus on her art. Her work has been displayed in numerous local, regional and national exhibits.
“My artistic practice focuses primarily on figure drawing and mark making. I love exploring different marks while gesture drawing.
Evidence of the struggle is the most interesting thing to me. Perseverance and adaptability determine who and what we become, the sum total of our experiences.
I like the parallel between how we humans grow and change and how the figure develops on the page. It’s often a messy business but it’s what makes us who we are.
I create figurative works from life using loose, active marks. I try to describe what the model is doing with the initial gesture. Then more marks, as intuitively as possible, to capture the likeness, attitude and mood. If I don’t like a mark, I’ll just make another, often right over the earlier ones, continuing to build and revise, deciding which flaws to embrace and which to alter. I want the viewer to experience the beauty resulting from the struggle.”
2021 - Drawing Magazine Special Edition. The Best of Drawing - !3th Annual Strokes of Genius
2022 - I Figure - Arts Benicia Gallery, Bencia, CA
2022 - It's OK to Laugh - O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA
2022 - ART214 Juried Exhibition - Latino Cultural Center, Dallas,TX
2022 - Goldmark Cultural Center Figurative Exhibition, Dallas, TX
2021 - Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition, Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX - 1st Place Drawing Category
2021 - Plano Art Association Annual 125 Show, Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, Richardson, TX
2021 - Plano Art Association Global Reflections, The Gallery at Courtyard, Plano, TX
2021 - Figurative Art National Juried Exhibition, Dallas Contemporary Metro Arts, Plano, TX
2019 - Pastel Society of the Southwest 2019 National Juried Exhibition, Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau, Grapevine, TX
2019 - Plano Art Association Annual 125 Show, Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, Richardson, TX
2019 - Plano Art Association Membership Show, Art Center of Plano, Plano, TX - 2nd Place 2 Dimensional Work
2018 - Plano Art Association Annual 125 Show,Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, Richardson, TX
2017 - Texas Visual Art Association A Little Something Something, TVAA Gallery, Dallas, TX
2017 O’Keefe Studio Annual Invitational Exhibit, O'Keefe Studio Center, Richardson, TX
2016 O’Keefe Studio Annual Invitational Exhibit, O'Keefe Studio Center, Richardson, TX
2015 O’Keefe Studio Annual Invitational Exhibit, O'Keefe Studio Center, Richardson, TX
2014 O’Keefe Studio Annual Invitational Exhibit, O'Keefe Studio Center, Richardson, TX