Linda Susak is a typical 21st Century woman: she has had a demanding profession, three children, a husband, house and cat. Her typical day starts at 5 a.m. and ends at 9 or 10 p.m. when she finds time to read. What has kept her mentally stable, however, has been her time away from people, time in nature. The Western landscape gives her infinite, unending views and refreshes her soul. Because she has land and a cabin in the Wet Mountains of Colorado, she has spent vacations there alone, hiking, taking photographs, and just communing with herself. There is a spiritual quality for her in this landscape. She has even found arrowheads while hiking, reminding her of the presence of Native Americans there more than one hundred years ago.
Although she has always made art, she did not complete a BFA degree until 2008 from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado and has now gone back to her real passion in life. Beside creating her own work, mainly landscapes in oil, she also does commissioned work in oil, portraits in chalk pastel or in watercolor.
For her, human inventions can never equal the inherent beauty of nature, especially the Western landscape with its infinite, expansive views that refresh the soul. Her paintings of landscapes and isolated, abandoned and ancient sites are derived from photogoraphs, yet seek to capture the historical, spiritual, almost mystical layers beneath the photograph of the actual site. Albert Einstein's proponed fourth dimension of time informs her work, in that she senses all the peoples and events who inhabited a specific space at some time in the past. In her work, she adds that layer of meaning to the site through color and personal intepretation. Nature is not static: below the photographic image of a scene lies a wealth of historical references, suggested color and line, and the spiritual presence of the beings which once occupied the space. Her personal interpretation of the scenes she paints awaken one to reevaluate a historical site, and as Vassily Kansinsky has explained, "produce a corresponding reaction. . . it is only a step towards the spiritual vibration that the elementary physical impression is of importance."