Westfield resident Linnea W. Rhodes majored in art at Douglass College with a concentration in printmaking. After college she lived in New York City and worked as the assistant to the Director of Art at Norcross Greeting Cards. Rhodes has been sketching in pen and ink for most of her life, she began working in oils in 2000, and she discovered her current chosen medium, water colored pen and inks, in 2006. She started showing and selling her work in 2005 when she joined and helped found the Contemporary Art Group (CAG). She served as the president and co-president of the CAG from 2009 to 2013.
Her subject matter is primarily landscapes, cityscapes and botanicals. She has won numerous prizes in local art shows, and she has participated in over 90 group shows and 17 solo shows (in New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.) Her work is currently on sale in six galleries and shops in New Jersey and New York.
“I love incorporating detail in my work--on first look my paintings appear very precise, but upon closer inspection every line is a little askew and the colors are intensified to evoke the feel of a location. If someone says to me, ‘your painting reminds me of how I felt when I was there’ then I have been successful.”