Linda Matusich

Since I was very young, I have drawn, colored, and painted, and now I work digitally, in the computer. Not exclusively, because I still love the hands-on tactile feel of working in traditional media, and it’s sort of hard to teach old dogs. I live with my husband outside Eagle Point, Oregon, surrounded by oaks, pines and cow pastures. I’m inspired every day by the birdlife and wildlife I see, and the ever-changing palettes of colors that goes on around me. We have foxes and raccoons that live nearby and coyotes and owls serenade us in the night. Eagles, ospreys and hawks decorate our skies, while the acorn woodpeckers laugh in the trees.

We have a dog (part Doberman and part monkey), three formerly stray cats, and a bird. We all live together in our very small house with never a dull moment.

I work at my art every day, either with traditional materials or Photoshop. The computer allows me to paint in light with almost endless tools to undo, move or change things that otherwise would be stuck in place and unchangeable traditionally.

What used to take me days to type, paste and design, now takes short hours. But, I must confess, I miss that finished piece of original artwork to hang on the wall when I’m done. When I work traditionally, I work in watercolors, acrylics, pens, pencils and colored pencils on paper. I work in layers, slowly building up colors until the desired depth of color is reached.

This is a style that has evolved over the years. Through trial and error, I have arrived at my methods. But nothing is cut in stone, and I’m constantly trying to discover new ways of doing things, or new ways to present things. I think if I ever stop trying to innovate, I should just hang it up, it’s over.

I officially began my art career at 18 when I did the souvenir booklet for my hometown county fair. I progressed from there to visual merchandising, fashion illustrating, custom painting show cars and motorcycles, painting the Fiberglas whales in the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and all the while keeping up with free-lance design and art in my spare time. It’s amazing to compress a whole lifetime’s work into a couple of sentences.

My hobbies include reading—I’m constantly reading everything from Harry Potter to Agatha Christie— gardening, and above all, listening to music. I couldn’t live without my music. My choices are eclectic there too — everything from Mozart to New age and a few things in between. I drive my husband out of the house with opera.

As I’ve gotten older, I think the inspiration for my work has turned inward. I think I’ve collected about all the reference material I’ll ever need: life experiences, pictures, thoughts— and now I take all of that, mush it together and create pictures that are of things that are important to me, not just things I’ve seen.

I’ve about done it all. I’ve done the wildlife portraits, the landscapes, the designs, but now I want more. I think we need a little magic in this world, a little whimsy, and that’s my direction these days. I try to make pictures that have a bit of magic—something that will touch the viewer, maybe give them a good feeling that they can put away and keep safe, or a bit of whimsy to make them smile.

I think if I can do that, then I’ve succeeded.

It’s been a long and interesting road and it’s not over yet. The best is yet to come. I will continue to paint, whether in the computer or on paper, I will continue to make pictures that I hope will inspire. I learn something everyday, especially about working on the computer. The potential there is immense and I intend to explore that potential.

Products by Linda Matusich

The following products include artwork and/or writing by Linda Matusich. Most products are a collaboration of the wonderful artists and writers who have contributed to Acorn Designs over the years.

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Adelie Penguins Mini Journal

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Adelie penguins live in the Antarctic continent and the many small surrounding coastal islands. They spend winters in the seas surrounding the Antarctic pack ice. Adelies feed on tiny aquatic creatures, such as shrimp-like krill, but also eat fish and squid. They generally hunt in shallow water but have been known to dive as deep…

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African Lion Journal

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African Lion (Panthera leo) The male African lion, with his wrinkled brow, voluptuous mane, and soft but lethal forepaws, cuts a grand and important figure in landscape, myth, art, and literature. Lions once roamed Europe, the Middle East, and India. Today wild lions are confined to Africa and a small, isolated population in India’s Gir…

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African Lion Notecard

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African Lion (Panthera leo) The male African lion, with his wrinkled brow, voluptuous mane, and soft but lethal forepaws, cuts a grand and important figure in landscape, myth, art, and literature. Lions once roamed Europe, the Middle East, and India. Today wild lions are confined to Africa and a small, isolated population in India’s Gir…

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Bobcat Journal

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Bobcat (Lynx rufus) The bobcat is a shy and evasive creature known for its fierceness and agility as a hunter in the wild. Adults have a dark spotted tawny brown coat, long legs and a handsome cat face. Their small ears have short ear tufts and their bobbed tail is striped with a tip that…

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Bobcat mini journal

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Bobcat (Lynx rufus) The bobcat is a shy and evasive creature known for its fierceness and agility as a hunter in the wild. Adults have a dark spotted tawny brown coat, long legs, and a handsome cat face. Their small ears have short ear tufts and their bobbed tail is striped with a tip that…

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Calling for the Lost Ones Journal

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Calling for the Lost Ones   Wolves are synonymous with wilderness, and their voices call forth something primordially wild to human ears. Large, canny, mammal predators like us, they are also social creatures who communicate vocally. Wolves are representative of that which is best left untamed, most beautiful and most wise when left wild and…

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Dragonflies by Moonlight Journal

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Dragonflies by Moonlight Dragonflies are an ancient order of insects; fossils resembling dragonflies date back 300 million years. These large slender insects are specialized hunters. Dragonflies have large compound eyes that nearly cover the entire head. Their 4 powerful wings move independently, enabling them to maneuver in an extraordinary fashion, backwards or forwards. Unlike other…

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Dragonflies by Moonlight Mini Journal

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Dragonflies are an ancient order of insects; fossils resembling dragonflies date back 300 million years. Dragonflies have large compound eyes that nearly cover the entire head. Their four powerful wings move independently, enabling them to maneuver in an extraordinary fashion. Unlike other insects, dragonflies cannot fold their wings flat against their body; at rest their…

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Dragonflies by Moonlight Notecard

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Dragonflies by Moonlight Dragonflies are an ancient order of insects; fossils resembling dragonflies date back 300 million years. These large slender insects are specialized hunters. Dragonflies have large compound eyes that nearly cover the entire head. Their 4 powerful wings move independently, enabling them to maneuver in an extraordinary fashion, backwards or forwards. Unlike other…

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Dragonflies by Moonlight Small Journal

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Dragonflies are an ancient order of insects; fossils resembling dragonflies date back 300 million years. These large slender insects are specialized hunters. Dragonflies have large compound eyes that nearly cover the entire head. Their 4 powerful wings move independently, enabling them to maneuver in an extraordinary fashion, backwards or forwards. Unlike other insects, dragonflies cannot…

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Kestrel Journal

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Kestrel (Falco sparverius) The American Kestrel is the smallest and possibly the most abundant bird of prey in North America. Like all falcons, it has large powerful eyes and a compact body with long, pointed wings designed for speed and agility. Look for this brightly colored falcon perched on telephone lines and fence posts bordering…

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Kestrel Notecard

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Kestrel (Falco sparverius) The American Kestrel is the smallest and possibly the most abundant bird of prey in North America. Like all falcons, it has large powerful eyes and a compact body with long, pointed wings designed for speed and agility. Look for this brightly colored falcon perched on telephone lines and fence posts bordering…

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Kestrel Small Journal

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The American Kestrel is the smallest and possibly the most abundant bird of prey in North America. Like all falcons, it has large powerful eyes and a compact body with long, pointed wings designed for speed and agility. Look for this brightly colored falcon perched on telephone lines and fence posts bordering empty fields where…

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Moonlight Magic Journal

Moonlight Magic Journal

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Clouds whirl and roll away to let the majesty of the full moon sparkle on the Antarctic ice. Light reflects off the frozen surface illuminating the coldest place on earth. Alert Emperor Penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) watch star-fire crystals float and fade in the crisp air. They’ve traveled great distances on an ancient march from their…

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Moonlight Magic Notecard

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Moonlight Magic  Emperor Penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) Clouds whirl and roll away to let the majesty of the full moon sparkle on the Antarctic ice. Light reflects off the frozen surface illuminating the coldest place on earth. Alert Emperor Penguins watch star-fire crystals float and fade in the crisp air. They’ve traveled great distances on an…

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Moonlight Magic Small Journal

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Clouds whirl and roll away to let the majesty of the full moon sparkle on the Antarctic ice. Light reflects off the frozen surface illuminating the coldest place on earth. Alert Emperor Penguins watch star-fire crystals float and fade in the crisp air. They’ve traveled great distances on an ancient march from their breeding grounds…

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