The Artist


Linda Besse was drawn to the outdoors through her geology bachelor’s degree from Colgate Untiversity, followed with a geology Master of Science degree from Eastern Washington University. These encouraged her to get into the back country of Alaska, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, and Montana.

Working from her field sketches and her photographs, she creates a composition designed to reflect the inherent artistry of the world around us. Linda paints exclusively in oil because she appreciates its luminosity, depth, and intensity of color. She uses an alla prima technique to capture the immediacy of the image.

Surrounded by deer, wild turkey, grouse, quail, coyote, and the occasional moose, bear, and mountain lion, Linda’s home in eastern Washington State gives her plenty of reference material out her kitchen door. While her main subjects are wildlife, Linda enjoys “stretching her brushes” with aspects of her world travels. Her search for inspiration has taken her to every U.S. state, over 45 countries, and to all seven continents. Linda’s adventures include traversing the remote tundra of Labrador to research the caribou migration, paddling a canoe 459 miles on the Noatak River to see muskox above the Arctic Circle, snorkeling Hudson Bay with wild beluga whales, and crossing the Drake Passage to Antarctica in 48-foot seas.

Linda is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America, Society of Animal Artists, and the American Society of Marine Artists. Her award-winning paintings are collected on five continents.

EXHIBITIONS and AWARDS (abbreviated):

Coos Art Museum 28th Maritime Exhibition Director's Choice Award 2022

Oil Painters of America National Exhibit, Animal Award of Excellence 2021
Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibit, Animal Award of Excellence 2018
Oil Painters of America Salon Show, Honorable Mention 2019

Challenges of Climate Change by Science Art-nature, 3rd Place 2021

National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, Spring International Online Show Best in Show 2020
NOAPS Fall Int’l Online Showcase, Merit Award 2021
NOAPS Spring Online Showcase, Award of Excellence 2022, Merit Award 2023

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Artist of the Year 2017

American Academy of Equine Artists, 2020 Jean Bowman Award Winner

Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, accepted 11 times

Safari Club International Artist of the Year 2018
Safari Blue International Foundation Conservation Artist of the Year 2014

NatureWorks, Tulsa, Featured Artist 2019, Encore Artist 2020

International Guild of Realism Annual Exhibition, Best Wildlife Award 2020


More photos of Linda's encounters with Nature's amazing creatures:


Feel free to contact Linda. Unless she is out on some new adventure,
she will be happy to respond to you promptly.

(509) 238-9129

Linda is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists,
a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists,
a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America,
and a member of the International Guild of Realism.