Linda Karaskevicus was born the fourth of eight children in Mullica Hill NJ in 1949. When she was 15 years old, her parents enrolled her in private art classes with local artist, Carolyn Smith. Smith quickly saw her unique talent and invited her to the 1966 Andrew Wyeth exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia PA. This event made a strong impression and her love for the arts and painting deepened. Later as a married woman and mother of three, she studied with accomplished artists, the late Narcissa Weatherbee of Woodbury NJ, and portrait artist Floyd Torbert of Bucks Co PA. She continued her studies at Bucks County Community College in Newtown PA. She also attended classes at the University of the Arts of Philadelphia PA. There she gained valuable lessons in composition and color theory and subsequently refined her visual artistic talent. Her work can be found in private art collections in Bucks County PA, Chester County PA and North Carolina. Prior to moving to NC, she was President and Vice President of the New Hope Art League, in New Hope PA
Although oil portraits have always held a special interest, she has recently found a passion for painting North Carolina coastal scenes with watercolors and acrylics. Linda currently lives and works in Ocean Isle Beach NC. She has received numerous awards and is a member of the Waterway Art Association, Brunswick Art Council and the Art Association of Southport NC. Recent group exhibitions include Sunset Vision of NC, Waterway Art Association in Calabash NC and Franklin Art Gallery’s Spring and juried Summer shows in Southport NC. Her work is currently on display at Hickman Library, Calabash NC and Franklin Art Gallery in Southport NC.