besse_photoLinda Besse

Mead, Washington.

Like most wildlife artists, Linda was enchanted with animals at an early age. It was vivid childhood memories of her great-uncle and his African hunting stories which gave her an immediate sense of the adventure one experiences when exploring wild animals and places. Linda was drawn to the outdoors through her geology bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, followed with a Master of Science degree which enabled her to get into the back country of Alaska, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, and Montana.

To gather reference for her paintings, Linda has traveled to every U.S. state, 35 countries, and all seven continents. Three extended visits to Africa included a 70 km canoe trip on the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. Linda has traversed remote tundra in Labrador researching the caribou migration, been dropped off by float plane to salmon-filled streams to watch grizzly bears in Alaska, paddled 459 miles above the Arctic Circle on the Noatak River to see musk ox in the wild, and snorkeled with wild beluga whales in Hudson Bay.

Linda Besse has been named the Safari Club International Foundation’s 2014 Conservation Artist of the Year

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Like most wildlife artists, Linda