Among the many painted pieces that are set to be exhibited at Pawling Public Radio’s upcoming Summer Art & Music Festival, the collective works of Linda Puiatti – a local artist, based in Holmes, New York – will prove to be a beautiful and evocative experience for anyone who is intrigued by the inherent variety and frequent majesty of landscape painting.
Born in New York City, Ms. Puiatti has made a lifetime of learning and painting – two pursuits which have carried her around the world, while never drawing her away from a fundamental connection to nature, and the expressiveness of light and shadow.
Having studied at a number of schools – including the Art Students League, and the School of Visual Arts in New York – Linda began her career in Kingston and Woodstock, where she opened two galleries, before moving to Manhattan, where she worked for a handful of advertising agencies. She moved to Switzerland as a young woman, where she married her husband, and moved to France for a period of five years. It was then that she took a “hiatus” from art, taking the time to become a mother and raise a family.
However, as her children grew older, Linda returned to art school at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium, where she continued to study oil painting before moving to the Boston area some fifteen years ago to restart her artistic career. Since then, she has been selling her work publicly and to private collectors. Today, she prefers to simply paint rather than supervise the business end of the exhibition scene.
Always having been preoccupied with light and “the way it plays on scenery”, she has recently acquired a new palette, preferring to paint scenes in the early morning and evening, because of the “dramatic light and shadow, and the way the landscape is illuminated.” Also, like the late Edward Hopper, she has found inspiration in the scenery of Cape Cod, claiming that the Cape is “one of the best places to experience natural light.”
Her works are defined by an inherent spirituality, soulful in their simple use of cool and occasionally warm colors. There is a distance, and atmospheric remoteness, to her more recent landscape subjects in relation to the viewer, but unlike someone like Hopper – who used light and shadow to dramatize alienation and remoteness – Ms. Puiatti uses light and shadow to create a sense of soothing, and an inviting air of mystery.
In addition to her upcoming exhibition at the Festival, Ms. Puiatti has her work on display in a number of locations, including the River Winds Gallery in Beacon, and the TransForm Galleries in New Rochelle. Locally, she has recently curated a show at the Front Street Gallery in Patterson which includes several of her works. A visit to any of these galleries would be a rich and rewarding experience – Linda Puiatti is a committed, gifted artist, her work a beautiful tribute to the transformative and healing compatibility between the viewer and nature.