Linda Cloonan - Biography

 Artist Statement

My goal as an artist is to create an inviting sense of place in my work, with the hope that the viewer will feel warmly invited to linger there. You will often find the use of dramatic light and shadow in my paintings, as well as the use of windows, doors and passageways as metaphors.


Linda Cloonan is a native California artist and writer. Her work has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. Her articles have been published in Mendocino Arts Magazine, among others. She is a longstanding member and recent award winner of both the California Watercolor Association and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Her work is held as part of the permanent collection of Levi Strauss & Co. as well as the Hotel Bristol in Sorrento, Italy. Her photographs have been published in Italia Magazine, The front page of the Mendocino Beacon and were prominently featured in the Walnut Creek 100 year Centennial Brochure. Her first book of paintings and photos, “My Summer Of La Dolce Vita”, was published in 2012 and depicts her journey through Italy. In 2016 she left behind a 35-year career in apparel design, pattern making and product development to pursue her art full time.