The designs of Linda Tullis monoprints demonstrate that she is "a drawer from the heart, not a painter." Directly reflecting her "sensibility to drawing", her works also manipulate color in a magical manner to bring about "a push and pull visually as one looks at them." It is not unusual to find every color of the spectrum in each piece, whether an accent or shaded color. The artist seeks to achieve "a lyrical quality" and considers her art to be "a little romantic" as well.
Born in Montana in 1955, Tullis spent her childhood on a ranch where she was surrounded by plants. She cultivated a love for them and gardening and says it is her "great appreciation of nature and how nature works" that have influenced her art the most.
After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree form Arizona State, she found her career niche in visual display and special events for nine years in Phoenix and San Francisco. In 1990, she began monoprinting. Her subject matters have focused upon flowers and gardens, as well as neoclassic sculptures and vessels.
"While involved in visual display, I used utilitarian objects and created three-dimensionally. Now I employ a similar motif and continue to feature utilitarianism, but this time I'm doing it on paper," Tullis explains. Her architectural florals, for example, may put you into a garden with a Corinthian column or Cupid sculpture in the background. These pieces are infused with light, using transluscent rather than dense colors. "Rarely do I rely on black," she says. "I also strive to use traditional elements in non-traditional ways."
Tullis' work is evolving steadily as she continues to add new imagery and format. She finds that she is "moving away from neoclassic and more towards country" in her art. "That could be French country, Italian country, or Montana country." Her plans for the future include a series of Montana souvenir art which will be light and whimsical. She envisions bringing cowboy boots or fishing tackle into play on paper, again drawing on her childhood roots. Another avenue she is intent on exploring is trompe-l'oeil, or still-life deception. She will be taking a "slice of life" and "involving the environment" in order to create an illusion. Although these pieces initially will be conservative, she may "go into a surrealistic mode."
Her current works, which primarily put flowers and sculpture on paper, have been met with enthusiastic and widespread response. Undoubtedly her future pieces will follow suite.
Linda Tullis shares her life and her creative passions with artist Fred Tullis (aka Lars Carsen) her husband. Her art is currently being shown in fine galleries and in private collections throughout the world.