About the Artist
Linda-Ruth Salter began painting in her early twenties while living in Nagasaki, Japan. She was fortunate to find an inspiring "sensei" who began to patiently teach her the art of the brush. The evocative simplicity of sumi-e drew her in, leading to the artful expression of truth through its strength and grace. When she returned to the United States, she continued to paint but mainly focused on getting a doctorate in interdisciplinary social science, raising 2 children, teaching and publishing. A few years ago, she co-authored the seminal text in the field of aural architecture, titled: Spaces Speak, Are you Listening? Experiencing Aural Architecture. Since then, she and her co-author have maintained a busy schedule of traveling throughout North America and Europe as invited speakers at conferences and universities.
(View their talks and additional publications.)
In between her other endeavors, she studied calligraphy and brush painting. Extraordinary artist-teachers generously shared their skills and their passion and, in 2007, Ms. Salter was honored with the designation Master of Sumi-E by the New England School of Sumi-E.
The two Chinese characters you will see on all of her paintings represent her signature - her painting name. It is pronounced Lin Ka in Japanese, and Lin Hwa in Chinese. This name was given to her by my first teacher. "Lin" is the Chinese character for "forest". "Ka" is the character for "flower". Thus the name means Forest Flower. Her first teacher said she was a Western woman painter among many Asian male painters – a flower in a forest. Underneath the two characters one sees a red seal. This seal represents the same characters - forest and flower - in an expressive way. She has several seals, each using a different representation of the two characters. All of them were carved by her teachers and she chooses which seal to use depending on what seems most appropriate with the painting.
For this exhibit, says Salter, "I will be showing paintings from the standard brush painting repertoire and also new work exploring the materials of brush painting while staying true to the age-old ideas that define the art form."
Sumi-ink brush painting captures the essence of its subject. It is a good thing to paint a grasshopper that looks like a grasshopper; however, realism is unnecessary if you want a painting that conveys grasshopper-ness. To convey the essence of object and experience, the painter must capture the significant physical and experiential qualities. The grasshopper has strong back legs that are long and muscled; these enable it to jump long distances. The grasshopper has searchingly inquisitive feelers that reach out and up, quivering for information about the world. If the painting has these two pieces of information, it has captured grasshopper-ness. It "works"!
More . . .
- The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish, Weston, Massachusetts - invited solo show
- Artists Crossing, Boston, Massachusetts - invited show
- Juried Show, Belmont Gallery of Art, Belmont, Massachusetts
- Solo show,
Market Street Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
- Participant in Newton Open Studios, Newton, Massachusetts
- New Song Art Coop group shows
- Nagasaki Municipal Museum
– 2-person painting show
– 1-person photography show
- Sign of the Dove Gallery, Newton, Massachusetts
- Artists Crossing Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
- Sumi-E Society of America
- Concord Art Association New Song Art Coop
Shimmering Curtains of Color