Linda Brock, "Destiny," 2002, oil on canvas, on canvas, 48" x 66".
By Shannon Heth
Linda Brock paints faces, not portraits. It is the mood of her subjects - not their likeness - that interests her. Born in Vegreville, Alberta, and now a resident of Pender Island in British Columbia, Brock finds the isolation helps her to reflect on her Prairie past. The people in her paintings are often memories from her personal life. Her simple life on the island allows Brock to "go back to other times and places with ease and grace." A 1975 graduate of the Alberta College of Art & Design, Brock went on to complete a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary. Staying close to her Prairie roots, Brock has shown at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary as well as the Edmonton Art Gallery. Her solo show entitled Awaiting Memories opens May 15, 2003, at the Avenue Gallery in Victoria and runs until May 31, 2003. Brock's paintings can also be found at the Fran Willis Gallery in Victoria and Kensington Art Gallery in Calgary.