I’ve been drawing, painting, and making all kinds of stuff since shortly after I entered the world. As a kid I found inspiration in the creek behind my house, cartoons on TV, the art books on the coffee table, the zoo, and my imagination. I was born and raised in Round Rock, Texas . When I was a young child my dad, Marlin Linville, transitioned out of his day job and became a professional painter. I grew up painting landscape alongside my dad, Plein Air-style with a paintbox in the field. We took road trips all over the US as a family, especially the southwestern states, each one serving the dual purpose of family vacation and painting trip. Throughout our travels I encountered a great deal of beauty just outside the car window, and it was enough to keep me occupied for hours. Art was a valued and essential part of our everyday life as a family, and it was an innate part of me from the beginning. 

I stayed in Austin to attend UT, earning a degree in Textiles and Apparel Design. After graduating I split my time designing for a local silversmith and painting residential murals for a couple of years, before moving to St Louis with my husband, where we studied, lived and worked for six years. I currently work as an IT professional here in Austin, painting and pursuing other creative projects in my free time.

 Self-portrait with my adopted duck, Stanley

Self-portrait with my adopted duck, Stanley

Now that I'm back in Texas I am excited about landscapes again after several years of painting mostly human subjects. The skies here, the light and the broad horizons have brought me back to landscape painting, especially to desert scenes from the Southwest. Most of my current work is inspired by our annual annual trips to West Texas.