Artist: Linda J. MacKay - Biography
Linda MacKay is a native Calgarian, a resident in the foothills near Millarville, Alberta and also spends part of the winter in Kona, Hawaii.
Although she began her working career as a corporate planner and economist in the oil and gas industry, she has focussed on her art, garden, and horses for the past 20 years. Linda went on to pursue the prestigious London City and Guilds Design and Embroidery certificate from England and has taken many painting and textile art classes from renowned instructors and done much study and exploration on her own.
She has taught quilting, dyeing, textile art, creativity, and general art design in the past but currently tends to focus on her art production more than in teaching.
Linda MacKay - Curriculum Vitae
Regular self-directed study and experimentation.
Studied under various artists and fibre artists from 1990 to present.
City and Guilds of London Institute, Design and Embroidery certificate, 2000-2004
Corporate Planner and Economist, Petro Canada, Norcen Energy, Novacorp, 1978-1993
CFA (partial), MBA (partial)
BA (Honors] Economics, University of Calgary, 1978
Banff Centre, Leighton Studio, March 2008
Conversations, FAN (Fibre Art Network) starting 2018
Botanical Reflections, FAN, ongoing
Ekphrastic, FAN, ongoing
Botanical Reflections-Fibre Art Network (FAN) -Jan27-March 15, 2017 - Van Dusen Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Quilt Canada, Toronto, Ontario, June 14-17, 2017
Kamloops Arts Council, Sept 2017-, Kamloops, BC, Canada
Ekphrastic - FAN - sept 28-Oct 28, 2017, Courthouse Arts Council, Merritt, BC, Canada October 2016, LaConner Quilt and Textile Museum, LaConner, WA, USA
Celebrate- Sheep Creek Weavers-sept 2017- Sheep River Library, Turner Valley, AB, Canada
Abstracted-FAN - The Act Gallery, Sept &Oct 2015, Maple Ridge, BC, Canada
-Weyburn Gallery, July & August 2015, Saskatchewan, Canada
-CQA Conference, June 2014, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada
-La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum, Oct- Dec, 2014, LaConner, WA, USA
Out There -Sheep Creek Weavers-sept 2015,Sheep River Library, Turner Valley, AB, Canada
The Burgess Shale:SAQA Textile Art, (Studio Art Quilts Associates), 2013-2015- An initiative of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition (TREX) Program,
— Alberta Society of Artists, displayed in schools, libraries, museums, and
— other public facilities in Alberta.
Beauties of the Land-SKEA(Society for Kona Education and Art), Feb 2014, Hawaii, USA
Trees of Hawaii-Kona, Hawaii, 2014, USA
-SKEA, Feb 2012, Kealekekua, Hawaii, USA
Urban Textures-Articulation, McMullen Gallery, Edmonton , 2009
Mennonite Centre, Winnipeg, 2009
Meta Incognita- Articulation, Mary E Black Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2008
Banff Centre for Performing Arts, Banff, 2007
In conjunction with the Calgary Opera Company and the World
Premiere of Frobisher, Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, Alberta 2007
Links- Articulation, FibreEssence Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 2006
Alberta Craft Council Gallery, Alberta, 2005
Alberta Badlands- Articulation, The Station, Okotoks, Alberta, 2005
City and Guilds Graduation Exhibition, Calgary,Alberta, 2004
FANfare, FAN, PanCanadian Quilt Festival, Honolulu,Hawaii, 2004, Parksville, BC 2003, Grand Forks,BC, 2003, Red Deer , Alberta, 2003 Alberta Craft Council Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, May 2002
Connected By Uncommon Threads- June 6-29, 2001, Sheep Creek Weavers, Devonian Gardens, Calgary, Canada
-Fibre Art Network
-SAQA ( Studio Art Quilt Associates)
-SDA (Surface Design Association)
-Articulation (past member)
-Sheep Creek Weavers and Fibre Artists
-CQA (Canadian Quilters Association)
-Country Lane Quilters
- Various Painting groups in Hawaii
- Donkeymill Art Centre
- SKEA (Society for Kona Education and Art)
I love the creative process and am drawn to originality in my work in whatever form it takes. I love to paint, dye, quilt, embroider, manipulate textiles, and discover new and different ways to portray an image or idea. I often oil paint realistic portraits to discover discipline, technique, and to 'see'. But I am drawn to mixed media abstracts, impressionistic, expressionistic, landscape and portraits.
I have worked in oils, acrylics, collage, textiles and miscellaneous materials so I can use them interchangeably or use them stand alone depending on the look I am after. I am inspired by my surroundings and see the world in color, pattern, and texture.
Sometimes I work totally from my imagination but usually I use photographs, sketches, or research as a starting point. I sometimes incorporate a spiritual message into my work in thanks to God for blessing me with the gift of art and the passion to create.