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Linda Barnicott began her career as a portrait artist in 1975. Today she is beloved and sought-after for her enchanting portraits of Pittsburgh. Using rich pastel colors, she captures the unique beauty of famous Pittsburgh scenes with a charm all her own. It began in 1989 with the now-famous tribute to downtown holiday shopping entitled “Meet Me Under Kaufmann’s Clock.” The work immediately won the hearts of Pittsburghers, who have been meeting friends under the clock downtown for years. From this work Linda created several series of Pittsburgh landmarks, capturing warm memories that are loved by generations. In 1995, she began painting a collection of Kennywood Park scenes that has become even more popular. Since then, she has brought to life the magic of every amusement park in the region, including Story Book Forest, Idlewild Park, Sand Castle Water Park and West View Park, which closed in 1977.
With roots as a portrait artist, Barnicott includes family members and friends in every painting. “If you look carefully, you can watch my daughters grow up over the years, starting with the Kennywood Series,” says Barnicott. “And my husband appears in just about all of them.” Barnicott begins each piece with photographs of the scene. She takes family and friends with her, setting up their posed positions. For example, in staging her Kaufmann’s Clock painting, they gathered on a blisteringly hot July day, in full winter’s clothing, to pose for the new image. Not long after that, to create the desired image of a couple in one of Kennywood’s historic aluminum rowboats, she posed them on a wooden bench in their backyard. The husband held a rake and a hoe instead of oars. After a little Barnicott magic, the two now float peacefully on the water in “Coasting Through Kennywood.”
Barnicott was chosen to be the official artist of the 1996 Three Rivers Regatta. Since 1998, she has been commissioned by the American Cancer Society of Greater Pittsburgh to create the painting used on their annual holiday card. In 2000, Barnicott received a special Proclamation from the City of Pittsburgh, commemorating her “tremendous contribution in capturing and preserving many sites in and around the Pittsburgh Area.” This is an honor she holds dear, as a largely self-taught artist. However, over the years Barnicott has been privileged to study occasionally with some of the greatest artists of the day including sessions in 1981 and 1983 with the internationally-acclaimed portrait artist Daniel Greene. She also studied landscape painting with master pastel artist Richard McKinley in both 2010 and 2011. These brief workshops enriched her ability to create peaceful landscapes full of vibrant color.
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Scroll down to view the whole collection of Linda’s prints including Jolly Old Elf Series, Religious Art, Pittsburgh Scenes, Sports Scenes, Amusement Parks, Western Pennsylvana Scenes, Landscapes, Light Houses, Pennsylvania Universities and New York Scenes
In Linda’s painting, “Making Magic in Santa’s Workshop”, we have a peek into Santa’s workshop as he works late into the night finishing a special toy that will fulfill the Christmas wish of a special little girl. Click Here to own this festive holiday archival giclée print – the second in Linda’s “Jolly Old Elf” series.
The painting, “Santa’s Joyride” is a companion print to “Making Magic in Santa’s Workshop”. It is a smaller open edition print that will make a “fun” addition your collection. Click Here to purchase your print.
The painting, “Shhhh!” is the first painting in Linda’s “Jolly Old Elf” series of five holiday Santa paintings. This festive, bright print takes you back to your early childhood with thoughts of Santa who is jolly, warm, has rosy cheeks and wants nothing more than to make every little child glad. Click Here to purchase your archival giclée print today.