Linda Okazaki


Linda Okazaki born in Washington has spent almost all of her life in the Northwest. Okazaki earned both a BA and MFA from Washington State University in 1974 where she also taught in the Fine Arts Department for 7 years including color theory, painting and Woman in Art History. Okazaki moved to Port Townsend in 1980, built a studio and house with her husband, Ray Weber, reared three children and maintained a strong studio practice, which continues today.

Port Townsend was a sleepy town then, which provided an idyllic environment for her as an artist. She was represented by Francine Seders Gallery in Seattle from 1978-1992 and but after that time did not pursue another gallery affiliation. Her work is in many collections including Seattle Art Museum, Microsoft Collection, King County Arts Commission, City Lights and Harborview Collection, Sirianni Youtz Meir Spoonemore:Richard E. Spoonemore, Seattle, WA, Washington State Art Collection and Jefferson Museum of Art.

Okazaki has created iconic images used for the Port Townsend Film Festival, Centrum’s Jazz, Blues and Fiddle Tunes Festivals, Wooden Boat Festival besides cover images for published book and music CDs.

She served on the Port Townsend Arts Commission as Vice-President for 9 years where she assisted with important developments in the growth of the arts in Port Townsend. Presently she is faculty at the Port Townsend School of the Arts in Port Townsend, Washington.

Linda is represented by Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Avenue Edison, WA 98232 and ptArts Downtown, 236 Taylor Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Her studio is open by appointment and she encourages students of art, gallerists, curators or interested collectors to inquire about visiting her studio.

Artists Statement:
At this point, I paint with a sense of immediacy and wholeness of experience, where the work evolves spontaneously, telling its own story. The act of painting is both a tactile response to the outside world and the telling of a dream narrative, where in both instances images are generated through the language of visual symbols and archetypes that I have assembled over decades of work. Often I don’t know what my paintings convey until the work is finished and the meaning reveals itself. If the work is created with vigor and authenticity, I can trust that it will not only actualize my own vision, but resonate with others who are searching for meaning in their surroundings.

Artificial intelligence is concerned with imitating human patterns to the point of being indistinguishable from nature. My concern lies in the realm of creativity, where our human intelligence interacts with and interprets the environment to understand our place in it. The Northwest is an idyllic place, where we enjoy the bounty of our fragile Salish Sea, waterways and farms - fish, clams, oysters, and agriculture. For me, painting these subjects is a way of consuming the beauty in an honorific manner. My hope is to make images that capture the unspoken significance of our environments, bringing elements the fantastical into the tableaus of everyday objects, and revealing the magic that is often hidden from our rational minds.

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