Linda Kemp

Linda Kemp

Linda Kemp’s home and studio backs onto a wooded conservation area in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. She is internationally recognized for her unique contemporary watercolors, acrylics, and innovative use of negative painting.

Linda is the author of two best-selling books, Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines: A Positive Approach to Negative Painting and Simplifying Design and Color For Artists: Positive Results Using Negative Painting Techniques (North Light Books) and presenter in many instructional internet forums and art videos including Painting Outside the Lines, and Negative Painting Techniques a series of six DVDs. Her paintings and articles are featured in publications such as American Artist, Watercolor Magic, International Artist, Watercolor Artist, Watermedia Focus, Palette Magazine, Acrylic Artist and Practique des Arts, Acrylicworks 4.

She is also a contributing writer/demonstrator in the following books:

  • Watercolor For the Fun of It - Easy Landscapes - Jack Reid
  • Paint - Illustrated Techniques for Every Medium
  • Painter’s Quick Reference: Flowers
  • Painter’s Quick Reference: Landscapes
  • Color and Light for Watercolor Painters - C. Schink
  • Discover Your Visual Voice - Dakota Mitchell

Her book, Simplifying Design and Color for Artists was translated into Mandarin.

Kemp is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (awarded Life Membership 2013), the Ontario Society of Artists, and the Society of Canadian Artists (Life). This artist is profiled in Canadian Whoʼs Who and Whoʼs Who Canadian Women, The Dictionary of International Biography, and the 20th Anniversary Edition of Trivial Pursuit. Her award-winning paintings are in private, government, and corporate collections around the world, including The Royal Collection, Windsor Castle, U.K., and the private collection of HRH, the Prince of Wales.

Linda instructs and lectures at national symposiums and workshops throughout Canada, United States, United Kingdom, and France. She was the recipient of the 2005 Woman of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture in Niagara and in 2008 received the A.J. Casson Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Water Colour, the top award for The Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour National Juried Exhibition. In 2020 her work was included in the Chinese and Foreign International Watercolor Masters Invitational Event.

Linda is an enthusiastic teacher who truly cares about the sharing of knowledge with her students. Linda’s lifelong devotion to sharing and teaching the joy of painting began in the early 1970s when her sister and she received a Canadian grant for youths to offer art and drama programs within the community. She has served as a juror for numerous national and international exhibitions, including the 2020 Women in Watercolor International Juried Competition.

Currently, her workshops and critiques are offered online. She is honoured to be an Ampersand Artist Ambassador.

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