Linda Heabler Marlatt Elling
“It is paramount that we protect and preserve our world: If I can capture a moment and a feeling of a particular space and time: I have succeeded.”
Linda lives in the southern portion of the Salinas Valley in Monterey County. The vineyards, mountains and agricultural fields serve as constant sources of inspiration. To the the West is the amazing Pacific coast, yet another source of endless painting possibilities. Always with the thought of capturing and preserving the natural beauty of the moment.
Born in the midwest, Linda grew up with either a crayon or a pencil in hand. Having attentive parents, Linda and her brother were taken to Art and Historical Museums. The standout for Linda was an exhibition of Leonardo Di Vinci’s work at the Detroit Institute of Art.
As an art major in college, Linda discovered she had neither an interest in teaching art nor did she excel in the demandingly precise world of commercial art. Instead she chose to pursue a secondary interest in retail as a career in the Detroit, Michigan.
Linda moved from Michigan to Santa Fe in the mid 1970’s. That area, with its’ history, culture, beauty and surrounding environs was truly inspirational.
While in Santa Fe, Linda was able to take some painting courses and studied with several professional New Mexico artists as well as an acclaimed California painter. During this time, Linda started exhibiting in an art gallery and worked as a sign painter to supplement her income.
After twenty two years in Santa Fe, Linda moved to the central coast of California. Still painting part time, Linda had many retail roles over the years from sales, to visual merchandising, store management to buying positions. Now Linda is able to paint full-time and is eager to pursue the subjects that have captivated her fascination and imagination.
Over the years, Linda has shown her work in several galleries, in several states and is in private collections throughout the country.