Linda Reed

Happily married with 4 children and 3 wonderful grandsons.

I have loved art all my life but due to a busy lifestyle never had the opportunity to indulge. That changed after an accident in Turkey which resulted in being in and out of hospital for 2 years with a 5 year recovery.

I eventually took early medical retirement from my job at The British Computer Society.

Being ill and bed ridden it gave me the opportunity to indulge my passion. I found immersing myself in art marvellous therapy. I have been supported in this endeavour by my family, the staff at Frenchay Hospital and kind members and friends at The Cricklade Art Group, Swindon Art Forum and my Ceramic classes.

Joining The SAA in 2009 and getting the monthly magazine along with watching The Painting and Drawing Channel on Sky was very helpful for learning different techniques as well as from fellow painters. I am entirely self-taught.

I particularly enjoy portrait painting and have been told I have the ability to capture a likeness in children. This has given me an opportunity to take commissions and earn some much needed money during my illness.

I work in graphite, watercolour, pastels and more recently acrylics and oils.

I proudly won a highly commended in 2009 at The Ink Spot with my Kabul Elder Pastel sketch. This gave me the confidence to exhibit my paintings in the SAF.

My pictures are displayed in various venues such as De Ja Vu hair dressers, The Red Lion Hotel and The Art and Crafts shop in Cricklade as well as Greengables surgery, The Swindon Art Forum in The Brunel Plaza Swindon.