ABOUT THE ARTIST
LA Wolf, nee Linda Ann Hopkins, was born in Detroit, Michigan, and spent her early childhood enjoying the natural beauty of the forests, the native wildlife, and the Lake Michigan and Glen Lake surrounding area. Her parents moved the family to Southern California in the mid-1950s. She became intent on studying art while attending Glendora High School, and her senior year, she studied Color and Design for two semesters on Saturdays at Chiounard Art Institute in Los Angeles. She was awarded an Art Scholarship to Marymount College in 1961. Linda received her A. A. Degree from Citrus College in 1963. She worked in retail sales, and married Daryl Wolf in 1964. After his discharge from the U.S. Navy Seabees in 1966, Linda returned to classes at California State University, Long Beach, where she received her B.A. in Social Welfare, with a minor in Art in 1968. Linda began a career in Public Social Services as a Childrens Services Worker assigned to Child Protective Services in Los Angeles County until 1981. After a short stay in Richland, Washington from 1981-1982, she and her family relocated to Orange County, CA where she worked for an additional 11 years as a Senior Social Worker assigned to Dependency Investigation. After retiring in 1994 she focused again on painting. She and her family moved to La Quinta, CA in 2000, and then relocated to Sun City Shadow Hills, Indio in mid 2006. She has one son who is a member of the P.G.A. and also lives in the area.
Following a lengthly visit to Australia in 2007, she developed a keen interest in Aboriginal Art, and has been exploring those methods of interpreting landscape art amid the backdrop of nature in the California Desert. She especially enjoys the terrain in the Coachella Valley and Joshua Tree National Park. "I create my daboriginal abstract acrylic landscapes by using vivid colors, shapes, line and form to describe spacial relationships. I use brushes, sticks and a lot of imagination to put a different spin on our Desert sights.I sometimes use animal tracks in my patterns." Linda also paints with oil paint on Canvas, and similar surfaces illustrating conventional desert subjects and landscapes. She does paint animals upon occasion but enjoys doing landscapes the most. She paints primarily from photographs that she takes so that the colors are captured in the moment.
In past years, she has shown and sold her art work as a member of the Cerritos, CA Art Association, and as a member of the Mid Columbia Basin Artists Association. Since 2006 she had been active in the Sun City Shadow Hills Creative Arts Club, Indio, CA. She been a member of the La Quinta Art Foundation since 2001. She regularly displays her paintings as the Artist of the Month at the Sun City Shadow Hills, Montecito Clubhouse, their local art shows, and in the Pulte Sun City Shadow Hills, Sales Office, Indio. She participated in the Southwest Arts Festival, Indio and Art Under the Umbrellas in Old Town La Quinta this past year, and has more shows lined up for the coming year. Her art work hangs in several private collections across the United States, as well as locally in Coachella Valley.