Born in 1939, Linda was raised in Jacksonville, Florida. In 1959, on a trip to Europe as a College Board member at Lord and Taylor, she met her husband John Wayne Hopkins, who was attending Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
In 1967, Linda married John Hopkins and they have three children. In 1970, they moved to Albert City, Iowa where John bought the bank. She was a substitute teacher and participated in many summer workshops at Pearson Lakes Art Center.
In 1997, John and Linda retired, spending summers at their cottage on Lake Okoboji, Iowa and winters in Venice, Florida.
Linda has taken workshops in watercolor, collage, mixed media and acrylics with Anne Abgott, Judi Betts, Rose Edin, Gerald Brommer, Karlyn Holman, Raleigh Kinney, Carrie Brown and others.
From 2010 to the present, Linda has studied abstract acrylics under Francesco Agresti in Venice. He is represented in galleries locally and Naples, Florida, as well as throughout the US and in Europe (Providence, RI; Woodstock, NY; Charlevoix, Mi; Denmark; Germany; and Italy.) This has been a turning point in her life.
"From the time I took pastels from Lucille Martin in Jacksonville, Florida at age l2, ( where I finished one pastel still life during the whole of the fifth grade school year on Wednesday afternoons) until today, art has been part of my life. It’s just a matter of degree. In junior highschool I was selected to go on TV for some unmemorable art award; but I do remember they talked not about painting, but about my red plaid shoe strings. I learned early that art was seen by many as extracurricular. (My father was VERY practical.) Therefore, I majored in English, but took as many art appreciation, history and application classes as possible.
I do not remember being in a city and not also in their art museum(s). This has translated into a need to paint, not just a recreation. Francesco’s Venice workshop has channeled me to abstraction through appreciation and understanding of the masters. It’s all about the light and some days it shines through; other days, it’s cloudy. One obsesses about how to capture that light. There is so much beauty in the world and so many ways to express it that I am overwhelmed by the choices. Each of my canvases is titled. This was my husband’s idea, and a very good one. I believe the artist has a compact with the viewer to give as much information as possible. The picture is incomplete without the story…..a movie without a plot, a museum without docents. I am grateful for each day that I am able to paint."
-Linda Hopkins, January 27, 2016