"Light Affects" artist's view of New Mexico

Nov 30, 2015

New Mexico always has been renowned for the effects of its light and its attractiveness to artists. Light affects the way we view this beautiful state, and in a new exhibit at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces artist Linda Hagen accepts the challenge of capturing light on canvas – on form, distance and color.

“Linda Hagen: Light Affects” opens in the Museum’s Arts Corridor on Dec. 11, with a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission to the reception only is free and there will be refreshments.

A love of animals, the West, and nature inspire Linda’s work. She especially enjoys capturing the feeling, light, mood and profound sense of beauty in the New Mexico landscape that she sees while painting en plein air, a French expression which refers to the act of painting outdoors "in the open air."

Linda Hagen, a native of Ohio, followed her dreams and the sun to the brillant light and sky of New Mexico in 2004. She quickly connected to the landscape of New Mexico where she lives outside Las Cruces in the farmland where the change of seasons provides endless inspiration for her art.

Although getting a late start in her art career and with no formal training, she has won multiple awards and has been accepted in many juried shows. Her art demonstrates a proficiency in several styles and techniques from realistic to impressionistic to classical glazing techniques as well as the use of the palette knife and pastel. She mainly paints in oils but occasionally works in other media. Landscape and equestrian subjects are her main focus but she also enjoys figures, portraits and still life.

The show will be in the Museum’s Arts Corridor through April 3, 2016. Regular admission is required to view the show after the opening reception and during regular Museum hours.


For information contact Craig Massey at craig.massey@state.nm.us.