Award winning artist Linda Sitler-Howe works in a number of media—acrylic, pastel (soft and oil), mono prints and mixed media. In 2010 she relocated to Renfrew County from Waterloo, Ontario.
Sitler-Howe started off painting images of Waterloo Region, French River, the Bruce Trail and western Algonquin Park along the Highway 60 corridor. After moving to Petawawa, she started painting local Petawawa images, including Barron Canyon and Achray Lake.
She has always enjoyed Tom Thomson’s images of the Petawawa Canyon in the north-eastern part of Algonquin Park. Since it is more difficult to get there than the Barron Canyon, she has settled on painting the latter.
Sitler-Howe is also painting images of the Ottawa River and the lower reaches of the Petawawa River, especially the sections between and around the class-4 rapids that the kayaking community from around the world flocks to in earlier May.
When not painting realistically, Sitler-Howe experiments, mainly in acrylic, to capture the underlying essence of the subject. Using acrylics, she is currently exploring several themes. One is the idea of ambiguity and narrative. Sitler-Howe likes the idea of viewers being able to see several things in her work, to see beneath the surface, and thus come up with their own stories.
Using pastels, she explores the idea of growth and the importance of the natural world. In this work she is interested in painting light and colour and in establishing moods.
The images in the ambiguity series are more expressionistic and abstract while the images in the growth and nature series are usually realistic.
Sitler-Howe also does house/cottage and pet portraits and has received commissions in these areas.
Sitler-Howe has exhibited in a variety of juried exhibitions and has had a number of one-person exhibitions. Her last one-woman exhibition was held at the Wellington Artists Gallery and Art Centre, Fergus, Ontario in July 2015. Her next one-person exhibition will be at the Purvis Gallery in May 2016. Locally she’s exhibited at the Visitor’s Centre, Algonquin Park; Shenkman Centre for the Arts, Ottawa; Festival Hall, Pembroke; and the Purvis Gallery, Pembroke.
Sitler-Howe awards include a number of Best of Show as well as Juror’s Choice awards, honourable mentions and the best experimental painting.
Her work can be found in collections in Canada, United States and England.