Linda J. Ouellette
My foray into painting and digital art was borne out of a desperate need for distraction from severe Fibromyalgia/Myofascial Pain and the rigors of being an assistant caregiver to my dad, grandmother, and grand uncle for ten years. My dad battled Alzheimer's Disease.
I am an Olympus OMD/Pen-F and Nikon d750 photographer who enjoys landscape photography and creating digital art using an iPad, iPhone, or Photoshop. My digital art utilizes my photography by providing the base image, which is then altered using digital painting or layering techniques. One piece of art can take from one to five hours to create.
Digital art and photography was my primary distraction when I was diagnosed with Stage 2B Breast Cancer in August 2013. I held my iPad or iPhone and created art while hooked up to chemo. My favorite topics to work with were Star Trek and images of Lake George, New York and Mystic, Connecticut. “A Chemo Photo Essay” was my final project with the New York Institute of Photography and I completed the coursework during treatment, graduating twelve days after my final chemo. In the Fall of 2017, I held my first solo art show in Hartford, CT at St. Francis Hospital in the Office of Integrative Medicine. After participating in many juried art and photography shows, I attained Elected Artist status at the Mystic Museum of Art in Mystic, CT and Signature Artist status at Arts Center East in Vernon, CT in 2019.
Digital art and photography continue to help me progress through the healing process. Always remember that within art lies distraction and within art lies peace.