Linda Okazaki born in Washington has spent almost all of her life in the Northwest. Okazaki earned both a BA and MFA from Washington State University in 1974 where she also taught in the Fine Arts Department for 7 years including color theory, painting and Woman in Art History. Okazaki moved to Port Townsend in 1980, built a studio and house with her husband, Ray Weber, reared three children and maintained a strong studio practice, which continues today.
Port Townsend was a sleepy town then, which provided an idyllic environment for her as an artist. She was represented by Francine Seders Gallery in Seattle from 1978-1992 and but after that time did not pursue another gallery affiliation. Her work is in many collections including Seattle Art Museum, Microsoft Collection, King County Arts Commission, City Lights and Harborview Collection, Sirianni Youtz Meir Spoonemore:Richard E. Spoonemore, Seattle, WA, Washington State Art Collection and Jefferson Museum of Art.
Okazaki has created iconic images used for the Port Townsend Film Festival, Centrum’s Jazz, Blues and Fiddle Tunes Festivals, Wooden Boat Festival besides cover images for published book and music CDs.
She served on the Port Townsend Arts Commission as Vice-President for 9 years where she assisted with important developments in the growth of the arts in Port Townsend. Presently she is faculty at the Port Townsend School of the Arts in Port Townsend, Washington.
Her studio is open by appointment and she encourages students of art, gallerists, curators or interested collectors to inquire about visiting her studio.
The memory of place, both real and imagined from my earliest experiences of landscapes to recurrent dreams shape my ideas in this recent work. Place is at the heart of my sense of self and I carry the distilled memories which I revisit in the real world, in dreams or daytime reverie making notes, building ideas and structure which eventually become a painting.
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