I started painting a little over 26 years ago while I was still a professor of education at what is now Eastern Florida State College. I took classes mainly at the North Brevard Art League, formerly the Titusville Art League and took workshops in and outside Brevard County. I am mainly a landscape painter, drawing largely on my background of growing up in rural North Carolina. Oil is my preferred medium, but initially, I started in art by teaching myself how to paint with watercolors. My favorite aspect of painting is starting a new one; a blank canvas can be turned into such a beautiful work of art!
I was born and raised outside Henderson, North Carolina, where I attended Middleburg High and Vance County High Schools. My maiden name is Linda Jean Edwards. I graduated from Louisburg Junior College, Magna Cum Laude, and went on to receive my BA in teaching English from North Carolina State University.
I moved to Florida in 1974 and began teaching at Merritt Island High School during which time I earned my Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities from Stetson University. In 1985, I began teaching at Brevard Community College in Cocoa. In 1987 and 1989, respectively, I received Specialist and Doctorate degrees in Educational Leadership from the University of Florida.
Art was not something offered in the rural schools in Vance County, but I always knew I had some natural talent for drawing. Perhaps eight years prior to retirement in 2009, I spent most Saturdays painting and taking classes at the Titusville Art League where I recently served as president for two years.
I am currently represented by the Arrowhead Art Gallery & Studios in Old Fort, NC and the Downtown Art Gallery in Titusville. I have won numerous awards on my paintings and have sold some locally, nationally, and internationally.
I live most of the time in Titusville, Florida with my husband, Michael Lawrence Krupp, and toy poodle, Peppermint Patti, and calico cat, Samantha Jean Sunshine. The other part of our time is spent in Asheville, NC.