Born in 1952 and reared on a farm in Tennessee, Linda St.Clair could hardly wait to reach adulthood and leave her country life behind. At age eighteen she moved to Dallas, Texas and began a career in marketing. Twenty years later, she began to devote her full attention to painting still lifes and landscapes, but her true passion was capturing the personality and essence of barnyard animals.
She has won two Grumbacher Gold Medals and membership in the Society of Animal Artists in New York. She is also a member of the Southwestern Watercolor Society and the Oil Painters of America, and has exhibited nationally at such shows as the Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody, Wyoming, the Audubon Artists Annual Exhibition in New York, and the Salmagundi Club in New York.
Linda St. Clair is best known for her portrayal of vibrant roosters, cows, and other barnyard animals. The subject matter in her work, however, cannot be seen as merely representational images of domestic animals as she gives each of her animals an attitude and personality that is reinforced by her clever titles. Themes of pride, as well as those of love and motherhood, are found in her works.
Linda credits some of the appeal of her paintings to the need to return to a more simple time and reconnect with the earth. St. Clair believes that we have much to learn from animals, and her love and respect for these animals is made clear through her work.