My work as a printmaker has always been the product of a deep connection to my ambient environment, especially through form, tactility and color. I revel in details!
From northern New England and around the world architectural structures, textiles, patterns and the lay of the land move me to explore and transform them, bringing the complex elements of space, texture, light and hue to a two-dimensional plane. Stitch, thread and cloth are frequently found in my hands and in my work.
Visual details I happen upon are entry points into every piece.
I work consistently by a process I think of as ‘action/reaction’, intuitively progressing from one layer to the next. I usually complete a general layout beforehand although specific medium and colors develop along the way and are not always predetermined. Thus begins the ‘action’ of making the print. I proceed until a conclusion is reached when I can no longer elicit ‘reaction’.
The resulting print may have from 3 to 40 layers that are pulled by hand by layering inks, paint or other means of the mark in a relief print or occasionally on the press for intaglio prints. I work in monotype and cloth these days. Subtle use of metallic inks, tiny glass seed beads, as well as various types of natural fiber thread are incorporated into some of my work.
With each project a very deliberate and conscious order is maintained throughout, assuring the integrity of the finished piece.
Linda Basha Brookshire is a professional artist working in multi-process printmaking, painting, and reclaimed textile construction.
Inspiration for much of her art comes from architectural elements, structures and related connections and having lived and worked overseas in the Far East, Europe and the Middle East for many years.
A Massachusetts native, she received a degree in Interior Design after which she moved to live and work in Korea and Japan as a commercial interior designer.
Later Brookshire returned to school to study printmaking & studio art and received her BFA from Temple University Tyler School of Art.
Working in both disciplines allows her to blend efforts by providing custom commissions for some clients by using their palette choices and sizes in a piece of artwork, whether for home or office.
Brookshire has lived and worked in rural New Hampshire for the past 20 years. In 1998 White Paint Studio was established where she works daily.
She has taught Elementary Art Education and is a past VP on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Caucus for Art/NH.
Other memberships include the National WCA, the WCA International Caucus and Surface Design Association.