Artist Statement

It is the beauty of Godʼs magnificent artistry in the world around me that inspires me to paint. I love light. It transforms the mundane into the spectacular. I stand in awe. Colors, rhythmic patterns, and beautiful form perform as if dancing to unheard music. This is what I try to capture in my artwork. It brings me great joy and purpose in life to birth on canvas those things which stir my soul.

I love rhythmic, well-designed compositions with a lot of ʻfood for the eyeʼ. I am a representational painter by choice. I feel that my affinity towards realism enhances the message I am trying to convey. Concept and design are paramount, but by offering complex compositions, full of detail, the eye can keep traveling around the painting discovering something new every step of the way. 


Welcome to Tompkin Studios. Please take a look around and explore Linda's intepretation of the world that surrounds us.

Linda Tompkin, a realist painter working in acrylics, gouache, casein and oils, is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the American Artists Professional League, the Ohio Watercolor Society and the Akron Society of Artists.

Linda has always known that art was her heartbeat, and having painted since early childhood, this Ohio-based artist is now receiving national recognition for her work.  Articles about her work have been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, Water Color ’94 published by the American Artists Magazine.  Linda's paintings have also been featured in the books The Best of Watercolor I, The Best of Watercolor II, and The Best of Watercolor III  published by Rockport Publishers, Inc.  An article showing a step-by-step acrylic painting demonstration was published by North Light Books under the title Artist's Photo Reference: Buildings and Barns.

Although she enjoys landscapes, portrait and figure painting, still lifes are Linda’s main focus.  She enjoys the wide range of subject matter that can fall within the still life category.  Intricate details, rich colors and a love of nature are evident in her rhythmic, well designed paintings.  What sets her works apart from the ordinary is her creative use of space, her extraordinary power of observation and dedication to fine craftsmanship.  She is inspired by the beauty in objects that she finds around the home and garden.  Her paintings are her response to a moment in time.

Over the past ten years more and more of her studio time has been dedicated to the creation of Christian art. Many of the  Christian paintings displayed on this web site were actually started during worship services at St. Luke's Anglican Church in Akron, Ohio.  Her blog features some of the sketches she has done daily as part of her morning devotions. 

Take a look around.  Visit the large selection of images in each of the four categories.  Click on the painting images that interest you to see them larger.