Note from the artist: The stamp is Spring, the groupings of Japanese letters are placed in different places on each painting for balance. But the group that starts with a large I are my initials L. V.
The other group with two straight lines and a T shape with two short straight lines and one long straight line stands for 2003.
One of the small bamboos has extra calligraphy and it stands for 'simple wealth' the way the Japanese keep all things uncluttered, elegant and balanced.
Linda Velasquez was born and raised in Colorado. She loved to roam the countryside picking up red sandstone rocks, breaking them apart to find the petrified images caught for all time. She moved to California where her love of nature grew.
She studied Japanese painting with a Sumi-e Master. Her teacher was a hard task master who demanded much practice, enough to make his students expert painters. Her training was so strong that whatever art she attempted, it always resulted in Sumi-e.
Linda also attended Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California. She now lives in Richfield, Minnesota with her husband and daughter. Her goal is to produce as many Traditional Sumi-e paintings as possible.
Her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
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