Painting, Drawing & Photography
Linda Mann is an author, photographer, and artist.
Her art work honors the diversity and
natural beauty of the Southwest, especially
the Sonoran Desert.
Her favorite subjects are the desert flowers, animals, and
ative people. Linda states, “I hope to share the beauty of the
Southwest with everyone so they can also
appreciate the uniqueness and diversity of
this scenic area.” She donates a portion of the sale
proceeds to wildlife organizations and horse and
donkey rescue groups.
She grew up in the South enjoying mild weather
and being outdoors as much as possible. She
studied art in high school and began college as an art major.
But after one year, she changed directions, and became a
psychotherapist and health care researcher instead. She had a long, satisfying career living and working in Washington, D. C., while pursuing art and photography for the joy of creating.
Following retirement, art became Linda’s fulltime profession. She took college level classes and
traveled to workshops. She visited and photographed some of the most scenic places in the
United States and compiled her photographs into books, including, The Beauty of Horses,
Abandoned, and Scapes: Sea and Land. Now she uses many of these photographs as references
for her paintings.
She has studied with many of the gifted artists in Pennsylvania and Arizona,
including Jay Davenport, the well-known Trompe L’oeil and photorealistic painter and the late
Lou Maesta of Tubac, Arizona. She particularly enjoyed meeting and learning from Leroy
DeJolie, the well know Navajo photographer from Northern Arizona. Recently Linda has begun
experimenting with abstract painting. Linda is a member of the Oil Painters of America, the
International Guild of Realism, and an Associate Member of Women Artists of the West. Her
work is in many private and public collections in the US and Canada.
She has shown work in local galleries and the State Museum in Pennsylvania. In September,
2019, she had an oil painting in the annual International Guild of Realism Show at Principal
Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia. Linda had a painting in the 2019, 50th Anniversary Western Art
Show at the Mountain Oyster Club in Tucson. She had an oil painting in the Women Artists of
the West Show in March 2020 at Settlers West Gallery in Tucson. She recently won Honorable
Mention for her Painting, Desert Bloom, in the Women Artist’s of the West 2020 Spring Show.
She has a painting in the 2021 International Guild of Realism Fall show.
Linda’s work can be seen in the Toscana Studio and Gallery on Oracle road in Oro Valley, AZ.
Linda lives in Tucson with her husband, Joe Puskar, who is her unpaid artist’s assistant, and
their three spoiled cats, Bella, Jayjay, and Chico.