linda gerard dzik
After graduating with a degree in Commercial Art, I spent the next 26 years first as a graphic designer, then art director and finally senior art director for various companies. Creating watercolor illustrations for a bi-monthly magazine got me more interested in painting, so I began taking night classes and workshops in watercolor.
I have studied with Karlyn Holman, Nancy Newcomb, Thea Kovac, Jean Crane and Linda Kemp. I was a member of the Racine Art Guild and the League of Milwaukee Artists. I’ve had my work hang in the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts in Racine, the Anderson Art Center in Kenosha, Lake Country Gallery in Pewaukee and had a solo show at Avenue Frame & Gallery in Racine.
My work was juried into Watercolor Wisconsin (one of the Racine Art Museum’s most popular shows. A statewide competition organized by the museum annually for almost 50 years.) in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. I also participate in the annual juried River’s Edge Art Walk in downtown Waterford, Wi my home town.
I was also accepted into the 2011 Flora and Fauna Art Calendar for the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission.
My “Wise Warrior” painting was used as the cover image for a book about breast cancer survivors called “The Blue Tattoo Club”and I’ve donated paintings to charities of various kinds.
After many years of creating corporate graphic art, I’ve left that world behind in order to grow as an artist. My husband and I own The Cruise restaurant in Tichigan and some of my artwork can be found on the walls there in The Gathering Room. When I’m not hostessing, planning events or doing marketing and graphic design work for The Cruise, I’m painting in my home studio in Waterford. I am currently working on a series of 66 paintings entitled Root 66, 1 painting for each book of the Bible and enjoy giving talks on how I was inspired to begin that project. I have done many commissioned pieces over the years and have prints available for much of my work. More paintings and reproductions are always in the works!
I am blessed to have been given the love of watercolor painting. I know it is what I was created to do and enjoy and appreciate every moment in my studio with my paint and brushes!