Linda Trope began her art career as a textile designer, working for many years designing soft sculpture figures. She fell in love with modern dance and began working with colored translucent ink pens on paper, which allowed her to capture the intensity and exuberance of the dancing figure and immediately express the figure’s linear beauty. Her figures are anonymous, having no facial features because she concentrates on the essence of the figure and the beauty of movement, incorporating her background in surface design into the dancers’ costumes and the grid-like backgrounds of the paintings. Over the years, her work has increased in complexity, incorporating more grid patterns and fanciful landscape setting. Painterly effect is achieved through stippling overlays of color, working from lighter to darker, usually with three or more levels of color to create greater depth and intensity.
Linda has a dual B.A. degree in Human Development and Fine Art from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in Textile Design from California State University, L.A. She has participated in classes and workshops in sculpture, Japanese Brush Painting, Batik and Tie Dye as well as working in cooperation with other artists on group projects. Her work has been featured in solo shows in Ocean City, MD and many juried exhibitions, earning several awards from:
- Howard County Conservancy, MD- TAOS exhibitions
- juried exhibitions: Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington DC annual exhibitions (MPSGS)
- Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis MD
- Maryland Federation of Art, College Park MD
- Sacramento CA Fine Arts Center
- One of her paintings was featured in the 2012 art book, Strokes of Genius 4: Exploring Line.
Linda is a Juried member of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. (MPSGS) and the Strathmore Arts Center, North Bethesda, MD. She was on the Board of the Maryland Art League, serving as treasurer, newsletter editor and exhibition coordinator for many years and is the current Chair of the Art Exhibition Committee for the Osher Institute at Towson University.