Linda Boss moved to Charlevoix at age 15 and graduated from Charlevoix High School. She is married to Jim Boss, one of the “Petunia Bosses”, a longtime Charlevoix family. Linda is a graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale where she specialized in graphic design and illustration with advanced studies in painting, photography, electronic desktop publishing, marketing and business management. Acclamations include being nominated for “Best Portfolio” and receiving the “Outstanding Achievement Award”.
Linda has been creating art all her life… commercially since she was six when she was paid for her first drawing that was published in a local paper. Though formally trained as a graphic and electronic designer, her passion is painting. Her love of the Charlevoix area, attention to detail, and bright, cheerful colors bring life to her northern Michigan scenes. Known for her paintings of the Charlevoix Lighthouse and the drawbridge, she has also illustrated and painted hundreds of homes, businesses and local scenes of Charlevoix and the surrounding area and has captured “her era” in the history of this tiny resort town located on three lakes, famous for it’s beautiful harbor, drawbridge and 60,000 colorful petunias. She has worked in multiple mediums: acrylic, oil, watercolor, and pen and ink.
She is also the designer for the “official” Charlevoix city flag and her painting, “Celebrate Charlevoix!” was the 2008 Venetian Festival featured painting. Linda’s paintings, drawings and designs have been used on a cookbook cover and interior, logos, signs, t-shirts, posters, flyers and advertisements for over 25 years. If you were a fan of the Charlevoix Home Tour, you saw her home illustrations. She drew all the homes for the promotional pieces for fifteen years. Her artwork has been included in Crooked Tree juried fine art exhibitions, numerous Charlevoix Circle of Arts juried art exhibits, Jordan River Arts Council shows and various local art fair shows.
When asked about her work, Linda says she has always loved to draw. Even as a child she used to hurry to finish a test or school paper in grade school, so that sketches could be made on the back. She even got in trouble for selling little drawings of dogs and horses to classmates for a nickel! The preoccupation continues today. When they go anywhere, her husband Jim will comment on her daydreaming or catch her drawing in the air with a finger and he’ll say, “All right, what are you re-designing now?” She carries a sketch book or a note pad most of the time to write down ideas.
“Yes, I love art and doing my artwork makes me feel alive! Just looking at a beautiful piece can bring inspiration and make me feel wonderful inside. I’m lucky that my husband and two boys are so supportive. Jim loves the unique and unusual too. Together, we have created many interesting features in our home. I express myself with color. If I could describe myself in one word, it would be “Artsy”… just look, it says so on my car!”
– Linda Boss