As a painter and creator Linda started as a child following her mother, Lee Merialdo, around her studio. Lee was an accomplished artist of water color, pastel, oil, muralist, and a published author. While Lee excelled at portrait painting, landscapes, and won many awards, Linda had the instinct for abstract and Impressionist work. Linda painted all through middle and high school. Linda enrolled in many art classes while attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, eventually she chose a degree in Political Science and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Then on to the practical side of making a living, Linda chose University of Arizona School of Law to finish out her education. She received a J.D. Degree and practiced law for about 10 years, then her creative side needed to be released. In 1986, Linda opened the first Wedding Chapel in a major hotel in Las Vegas. She could use all her creative energy in designing wedding dresses, cakes and flower arrangements.
After a career in business and law, Linda finally found time to pursue her passion for art. Along with collecting art she began taking classes in water color, mixed media, oil and acrylic. Linda studied technique under Joyce Strass a notable Las Vegas artist and sculptor. In 1999, Linda began studying in Puerto Vallarta with the local artists, primarily Yvan Genest. She soon ran out of walls in her home and had to resort to painting floor coverings and table decor to find room to continue. Finally forced out of the home by overflowing output, she first exhibited at local street fairs. Her work was well accepted and she was invited to juried shows and charity exhibits, and asked to exhibit in galleries, again with great success. Since those years she has studied with accomplished teachers and artist and exhibited in Las Vegas, San Miguel and Puerto Vallarta.
I now wake up every morning with purpose, a driving need to paint, an emotion that needs release.
A painting is a snapshot of the painter’s emotions at the time of creation. The emotions are translated on to the canvas and elicit an emotional response from the viewer.
Acrylic, mixed media, watercolor, wood and canvas, pastel, oil and encaustic.