Linda Bigness

Over many years of creating art I have always considered myself to be a colorist; someone who sees color as the holy grail of art and lavishes her canvases with rich luscious tones of mauves, yellows, blues and reds.  About ten years ago I became interested in the medium of encaustic and learned very quickly that the heated molten wax reacted quite differently to my extravagant use of color. Therefore, my work in encaustic became more about the whites and the natural honey color of beeswax. Bright color became less important in my creative process. As I created these pieces I was subconsciously aware of how the lack of color played into my awareness of the physical differences in humankind and how color, various shades of skin, creates anti-social behavior in our society. Playing with these ideas of one color dominating another I created work that makes a social statement and blends the shades to allow the differences to become more familiar with one another. The profound difference is how similar the colors are in the way they complement one another to create a unified existence.


Bigness holds a BFA from Syracuse University and an MA in art history.  Her work has been collected and exhibited throughout the United States and Europe.  The most recent acquisition is a large scale oil painting reflecting urban renewal and placed at the Rochester New York Regional Health Center.