Linda Abbott-Trapp

Exhilaration, Spring (watercolor) Linda Abbott Trapp, 18.5 x 24.5, 2012 $400 (1280x956)

gathering grace in hard times 003 (1280x1920)

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November 2014 002 (1024x714)

Weep no more for the sea (resized) 005

During the ’60’s and early ’70’s, Linda operated a pottery and weaving studio in La Crosse,
Wisconsin, studied serigraph production and sculpture, and taught numerous community
classes in clay and fiber. In addition, she owned a supply shop for pottery and weaving. By
1973-74, she was teaching art in a mission school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her experiences
there led her to re-direct her career into counseling, with an international emphasis, and she
earned a Master’s from UW-La Crosse and a PhD from Iowa State University upon return to
the US. While many of her assignments during the next years were psychological and
educational in nature, she maintained an active role in the arts, serving as a Dean at the
Minneapolis College of Arts and Design, managing arts grants in Fresno, California, and
collecting Latin American Art. She went on to a consulting career, delivering over 3,000
seminars nationally and abroad. She published seven books and over 250 articles during this
period as well, and appeared on radio and TV interview shows. She and her husband lived in
Puerto Vallarta for 5 ½ years, returning to California in 2009. Here, she has returned to her first
love, art, and has held a number of one-woman shows. Her work has appeared in regional and
national juried shows, and garnered several prestigious awards. She offers basic Watercolor
classes as well as Slaying the Dragons, a class designed to help artists overcome insecurities
and jealousies all creative people face.
Artist’s Statement:
Whether I’m working in wood, watercolor, or another medium, I’m exploring the boundary
between art and psychology. In painting, I most closely follow the style known as Lyrical
Abstraction. Rather than represent the surface of things, I want to provide insight into what’s
underneath, what motivates and matters. I’m happiest when, in addition to illuminating
psychological truth, the work speaks to environmental and relationship concerns as well. In
short, my art is meant to resonate with both inner truth, the psychological, and outer truth,
being in the world in a responsible way.