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Linda Coles

Dr. Linda Coles was born in Grammie’s House (the subject of one of her paintings) at Savage Cove on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland.

Most of Linda’s paintings are based on experiences which have a connection to the landscape, the culture, the people, and the way of life in Newfoundland and Labrador. The cultural and natural environments continue to stage and illuminate experiences which become starting points for many of her creative endeavours. Linda’s affinity with the past, in NL, is a constant driving force and part of a deeper commitment to preserving for future generations images which no longer exist outside …the quiet of the imagination.

Many of Linda’s original works of art are in the collections of people across Canada, in the United States, and Europe. The watercolour, When Fishing Was Good, depicting those days when the cod fishery was a way of life in the province, was selected for the Savage Cove entry in the Newfoundland and Labrador Encyclopedia. Linda’s art has also been featured on the cover of the Downhomer magazine, the Gallery Column of The Independent, the Focus Column of the Northern Pen, the Arts Column of the Telegram, and in a book chapter of the publication, English in Middle and Secondary Classrooms: Creative and Critical Advice from Canada’s Teacher Educators.

Linda lives in St. John’s where she teaches with the Faculty of Education at Memorial University.

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