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Explorative and Experimental: Art by Linnie Aikens

An abstract painting based on an operaRing Cycle (Opera by Wagner), oil on canvas

Linnie Aikens is an artist and teacher whose work is in many media and ranges from pure abstraction to detailed figural images. Linnie’s mother is also an artist, so Linnie was exposed to creativity at a young age and has been honing her explorative and experimental skills since childhood.

A landscape painting with saturated purple and pink tonesSnowy Plover Sunset


I really enjoy the style that Linnie adopts in her figurative works. While the artist pays special attention to small detail, her paintings never seem overworked – there’s plenty of blending and a sense of movement to each image. In landscapes, one gets the sense of a breeze running through trees and grass. Human figures seem as though they could be dancing.

The front page of Linnie Aikens' art websiteThe front page of Linnie's portfolio website


Speaking of landscapes, I’m quite taken by works of Linnie’s where deep, vibrant colors lend an almost dreamlike feeling. Several of Linnie’s oil paintings focus on skies that are rendered in painterly planes of purple, blue, and pink. I also enjoy works where geometric, abstracted elements intersect with human figures, showcasing the artist’s figurative skill along with an eye for something beyond reality.

A painting of a tree in heavy blue tonesWonder, acrylic on canvas

About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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