After a two year hiatus from showing my art I have returned with new works that show a marked evolution in my technique and messaging. During this time away I was fortunate enough to be under the invaluable mentorship of JT Grant. Going forward I am excited about delving into deeper subject matter while still enjoying witty double entendres, plays on words, and hidden meanings. I also hope to incorporate my years long fascination with subliminal messaging.
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Linda (Griffith) Shobe was a product of art education opportunities for youth in the 60’s and 70’s. From classes at the Fort Worth Children’s Museum (now the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History) to studying under Helen Sylvestri and Shirley Grissom, to winning a high school scholarship to study at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. After high school, Linda attended Texas Tech University as an art major.
Marrying Mark Shobe, a career naval officer in 1975, military travel allowed for an invaluable perspective of the world which affected her view of humanity as well as her art. Although relocating every three years made building an art career difficult, years spent in Japan and Connecticut were conducive to turning out noteworthy paintings including a commission from the United States Navy. Upon Mark’s retirement in 1995, they returned to Fort Worth where eventually Linda was able to begin an art career in earnest.
In 2005 with the opening of dh collection, Linda’s paintings were shown and a following quickly developed. In 2007 she was the first place winner of the Cynthia Brants award at the annual “Preservation is the Art of the City” competition at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. Also a noteworthy commission hangs at the corporate headquarters of Acme Brick.
After taking some time off to raise the level of her art under the mentorship of JT Grant, a new partnership with Studio Cufflink begins.
Beyond painting, Linda enjoys riding dressage, dog training, travel, and spending time with their daughter, son, and their families which include four grandchildren.