About the Artist
I am Sylvia Hall Linton, a lifelong Wisconsinite who made a living working as a college librarian
and am now making a life doing art. I use color and paint, clay and ink and leaves and wax
to create what some call art and what I call expressions of my life and the way I see the world.
"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures."
~Henry Ward Beecher
All of us are engaged in a lifelong process of creating ourselves, and art is my way of creating and revealing the person I choose to be. When I start questioning who I am at my core, I pick up a brush and offer my hand to the Muse to see what might come to birth through me.
I find my images in mythology, in the stories and spiritual paths of my ancestors, in my own experiences and imagination, and in this sacred Earth we call home. When I am doing art my compulsive perfectionist mind finds a respite from its need for control. I find once again the child within who believes she can talk with animals and trees and nature spirits and understand what they are telling her.
When I look at the bark of a tree, I see the indwelling spirit of the forest; when I look into the eyes of an animal I see a spark of divinity. I believe that Spirit lives in every living thing – flower and blackbird and bear, and within us all. When a frog emerges from a frozen pond to croak the arrival of spring, I hear the song of a luminous being, reminding me that the Sacred is everywhere if we just remember to look for it.
"The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper." ~Wm. B. Yeats