Linda Finn

About the Artist



Linda typingLinda was born in Parry Sound, Ontario but moved with her family to Orillia a year later. She grew up with antique cars, piano lessons and two brothers. Drawing and painting was encouraged so that by the time she graduated from high school, she made the leap from small-town girl to navigating the subway system in Toronto to attend the Ontario College of Art. Marriage and two sons made for a different type of creativity, but along the way she kept studying—part time at the University of Waterloo’s fine arts department, and then at the Elliot Lake Centre’s Summer School of the Arts when her family moved to Northern Ontario in 1975. She felt right at home amongst the myriad lakes, rocks & trees and with encouragement from friends in this bustling mining community, Linda had her first solo show in 1976. 

Since then, Linda has participated in over 200 group and solo exhibitions, including shows in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Japan. Along the way, she became an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, the Ontario Society of Artists, the Northern Ontario Art Association, and the Society of Canadian Artists. Linda feels fortunate to have her work in many public, corporate and private collections in Canada and abroad.

 Always interested in learning something new, Linda passes on her know-how through workshops for schools and art organizations. She has convened Watercolour Symposia and Arts & Crafts Conferences, helped set up the local arts council and co-op gallery, served as an advisor for Cambrian College in Sudbury, and has been a juror for many art exhibitions and shows. In 1992, she received the Lescarbot Award from the Canadian government and the Canada 125 Medal from the Ontario government for her volunteer work in the arts.

 She lives in Elliot Lake Ontario, with her husband, Murray—thespian and woodworker.