In the early 1980's, I started a studio for painting in my home. Later I started teaching for Surry Community College located in Dobson, North Carolina. In 1987, I rented a building in downtown Pilot Mountain, North Carolina and put one of my studio work areas in the front window.

In 1990 I had out-grown this location and decided to build outside of Pilot Mountain. The new location housed an art supply, studio, teaching studio and a frame shop was added. During these years, I entered many competitions and won three Regional Landmark Prints. I have practiced portrait painting since childhood and find it my greatest love and challenge.

I have had the opportunity to travel a great deal and always take advantage to study art in museums. I was very impressed with Rome and am interested in producing religious art. Presently, I am researching the symbolism found in religious art. This will enable me to accurately represent a message in the art.

Linda Y. Marion