Linda Trope graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Human Development and a minor in art. She lived in Madras, South India for a year and became entranced by South Indian temple art and the vast array of dancing figures used to decorate them. She also came to deeply appreciate an ephemeral art form practiced by South Indian women who daily created elaborate designs on their front doorsteps by dribbling white or colored powders through their fingers. Linda kept a sketchbook throughout the year, roughly sketching the women’s designs and the temple sculptures of dancing figures which would have a long lasting attraction and influence on her later work.
After returning to the USA, Linda studied sculpture and took art history classes at Bryn Mawr College. She joined a group of women artists who were working in 3 dimensional soft sculpture and began to translate her art and design interests into painting and layering fabrics, creating elaborate soft sculptures which she exhibited at the New York State Craft Fair as well as galleries and museums. Linda also studied Japanese brush painting, and fabric design at Scripps College. Combining her love of design, painting and working in 3 dimensions, she expanded her artistic vision, exhibiting her work at American Crafts Council shows in San Francisco, California and Baltimore, Maryland as well as many galleries and shops across the country. While working full time as a soft sculpture artist, Linda returned to school to earn an M.A. in textile design, graduating in 1982 from California State University, Los Angeles.
Linda developed her own style of pointillism to create layers of rich color and detail. She uses art brush markers, graphite, and pen and ink. Her subjects are all dancers set either against a complex design background or as figures in imaginary landscapes. Her work contains elements of South Indian temple sculpture, the women’s ephemeral art of South India which captured her imagination as a young woman and the exaggerated body movements expressed in modern dance. In 2009 Linda joined the Maryland Art League and is currently exhibiting her work both nationally at juried exhibitions and at local galleries and public spaces in the Baltimore area. One of her paintings, Apple Picking in the Carolina Woods was included in an art book publication by North Light Books called Strokes of Genius 4: Exploring Line, published in October, 2012.