Linda Bio

As well as being a professional artist that produces and sells her work, Linda has had 23 years of experience as an art instructor. Linda has had experience in art education in Australia as well as the United States. She has shown her work professionally in the Ars Longa Gallery in Taos, New Mexico, Shuptrine Fine Art Gallery in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Bremond House Gallery in Elgin, Texas, The Fredericksburg Fine Art Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas, The Prellop Fine Art Gallery in Salado, Texas, Artisans at Rocky Hill in Fredericksburg, Texas, and Art USA in Austin, Texas.  Linda now has her own gallery in Taos, New Mexico. She is a native of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

University of Nebraska, B.S. Art Education
Stephens College, Columbia, Mo. Associate of Arts

Mixed media drawings
Hand built clay

23 years as an art instructor
4 years Iowa School for the Deaf
3 years Seaford Carrum High School, Australia
4 years Purple Sage Elementary, Round Rock, Texas
12 years Lake Travis ISD, Austin, Texas

Phone: 512-417-0116
Web site:

—-Carlsbad Current Argus—-   MISS RAUCH WINS STATE ART EVENT
Three Carlsbad Senior High School students took the top three places in the 1965 state division of the Art Talent Contest sponsored by the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs in cooperation with Hallmark Cards, Inc., Mrs. Kenneth Tye, art representative for the Carlsbad Woman’s Club, announced.  Linda Rauch, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J.B. Rauch, received the first place award and her painting will be the New Mexico entry to the national contest.  The three top winners in the national contest will be awarded scholarships, $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, and $600 for third place.  Sally Toothman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Toothman, won the second place award, and Leon McCoy, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.A. McCoy, won third.  All three students are enrolled in Art IV, taught by Richard Miller.  The theme for the 1965 contest was “Freedom and Growth.”  Students could interpret the theme in any creative, spontaneous manner.  The goals of the contest are to encourage youth to find its place in the rewarding world of art, to give appropriate recognition and assistance to talented young people, and to stimulate greater public interest in their endeavors.



“I like to describe my painting style as Modern Impressionist.  There are parts of my work that are impressionist in nature and also parts of my work that have a very modern interpretation to them.  When I paint I try to capture the essence of the subject.  I like to create paintings that have a certain feeling or mood.  I want the viewer to be able to experience this when they look at my paintings.  Sometimes the paintings are soft and gentle and sometimes they are bold or whimsical.  I interpret the subject in the way that it made me feel when I first saw it.

I have always been drawn to the beauty that nature displays profusely for us.  I have especially been drawn to flowers.  Flowers are somewhat magical to me.  They capture the entire spectrum of the rainbow as well as displaying very intricate design elements.  When I look closely at flowers I become mesmerized with the way they have formed.  It’s in these moments that I am in awe with the magnificence of the universe. These feelings are what I like to share on my canvas.

I like to paint flowers as if you are one with the flowers.  I like to paint so that you are able to feel drawn into the fields of gorgeous color.  Some days I paint the bright sun on the blossoms, or the breeze that makes them sway gently, or an early morning that is just dawning.  It is these different moods that I like to capture.

One of the greatest influences on my painting style has been from New Mexico.  New Mexico is rich in color and culture.  The bright colors that the Indians and Hispanics use so lavishly can be seen in many of my paintings.  The cerulean blue skies that you see in northern New Mexico look as if they were painted by an artist.  The vibrant colors of the sunset are so spectacular that the entire sky lights up at dusk. I love to use these colors when I paint.  I am a native of New Mexico so I was able to enjoy the vivid colors of the landscape for most of my life.  I like to combine the translucent glazes of watercolor techniques with thick textural surfaces in my paintings as I cover the canvas in color.

My love of wildflowers came from planting the mountain side in wildflower seeds when I had my studio in Taos, New Mexico.  I will never forget what the mountain side looked like that summer.  The flowers were absolutely everywhere.  I was frantic to photograph them so that I could remember all the lovely colors and shapes.  Some days I painted outside,  and then when winter came I used my photographs.  I have saved this collection of wildflowers for everyone to enjoy.

I have lived and painted in Spicewood, Texas, which is in the heart of the beautiful “Hill Country”.  This part of the country is known for its abundance of wildflowers in the spring and early summer months.  Spicewood is near Lake Travis and very close to Austin,  Texas,  where Lady Bird Johnson established the “Wildflower Center”.  This area is rich in the wildflowers that I am enchanted with.

I now live in Taos, New Mexico.  I love to paint the gorgeous mountains and deserts in this area.  The scenery here is absolutely breath taking.  The cobalt blue skies and incredible light refraction in the area make painting on location magical.  My favorite thing to do here in Taos is to paint on location with my artist friends.”

Linda Rauch

5 thoughts on “Linda Bio

  1. Linda, this is gorgeous. Your paintings are phenominal. Did you know that Darlene Nesbitt’s brother, Gary, is in Santa Fe and displays there? Look him up on google.
    Have a great day,

  2. Hi Diana,

    I’m glad you like my paintings. I knew that Gary Niblett was in Santa Fe and shows his work. He is a fabulous artist! Thanks for sharing with me.

  3. Are you still in Taos or back in Texas? Sue and I were thinking we may spend a few days in Taos again this summer, one reason being we were considering adding to our Linda Rauch collection? We are very pleased with the match “Spring in Dixon” and our bedroom, looks like it was painted just for it! Only problem, for me anyway, I feel it needs a companion of sort? You talked of going to Dixon in the spring with Inger to paint? Would consider another 18×18 from a different prospective maybe? Colors were perfect. If you would consider, would need a cost estimate.

  4. Hello from Taos! Yes, I am in Taos and my gallery is completely set up now. I plan on being at this location for quite some time as I absolutely love living here! I am just about ready to go back to Dixon to paint again. I am guessing that in about two weeks the trees will be blooming and it should be beautiful there. I will be driving to Santa Fe on Saturday and I will be able to get another look at the fruit trees. I will make it a point to take an 18″ x 18″ canvas with me when I go painting with Inger. Are you thinking a similar color scheme for the painting? I will also take some photos of the area with different views. You can contact me to discuss price point and what your thoughts are any time. My land line is: 575-751-3149. My email is: I will also send you an email. I am thrilled you are happy with the painting!! Linda

  5. XIth Florence Biennale
    eARTh: Creativity & Sustainability
    6–15 October 2017 – Fortezza da Basso, Florence

    Dear Linda Rauch,

    we are pleased to inform you that the Florence Biennale International Selection Committee (CIS) selected you to participate in the XIth Florence Biennale, which will take place in Florence, at the Fortezza da Basso, from 6 to 15 October 2017.

    The Florence Biennale is the major contemporary art exhibition in Firenze (Florence, Italy), where it is regarded as an outstanding showcase of the international contemporary art production. Within the framework of the Florence Biennale, “Lifetime Achievement Awards” are conferred to individuals who have reached pinnacles of artistic achievement for their contribution to culture: Marina Abramović, David Hockney, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Gilbert & George, Anish Kapoor are among the recipients in the past editions.

    The XIth Florence Biennale will engage participating artists and visitors in a rich programme of artistic and cultural activities. Aside from the main exhibition, there will be collateral events, workshops, conferences and lectures relating to the theme, eARTh: Creativity & Sustainability.

    Please find attached the needed documentation, including full information about your participation (the FB Regulation, application forms, participation fees, and explanatory material).

    Please be informed that the final deadline for submitting the abovementioned documentation is June the 15th, 2017.

    Each participating artist will have a dedicated page in the Official Catalogue of the XIth Florence Biennale, published by Fausto Lupetti Editore and distributed in Italy and abroad, and will compete for the “Lorenzo il Magnifico” Award.
    Before registering please read thoroughly the FB Regulation and all the forms enclosed, which should be signed and sent to the Florence Biennale, to the attention of the Organising Secretariat, either by email at or posted to our address in Via delle Porte Nuove, 10 – 50144 Firenze, Italia.

    Information and news about the Florence Biennale can be found in our official web site,, including a section with frequently asked questions, or FAQ.

    About accommodation, in particular, the Florence Biennale has entered a partnership agreement with the Firenze Convention & Visitors Bureau in order to allow the exhibiting artists to take advantage of special room rates during the days in which the biennial takes place.

    For any further details and assistance you should need, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing or phoning +39 055 3249173.

    We look forward to welcoming you to our city and sharing with you the Florence Biennale experience.

    Kind regards
    P. Celona

    Via delle Porte Nuove 10
    50144 Firenze – Italy
    Office | +39 055 3249173

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