Responding to the urge to return to a simpler life through small scale organic farming. Ravenwood Farm & Art studio is a small homestead on the border of Putney & Westminster, Vermont. Our focus is on raising our own organic, non GMO food and selling any extra that we produce to help support the farm. As a retired professional artist I also use the creative process of art journaling and photography to help navigate the ups and downs of living life with a post Lyme chronic illness.
Silk painting is an ancient Asian art form and it
is very unique and mysterious. The silk itself is seemingly so fragile yet it
is one of the strongest fibers in nature. There is also a serendipitous quality
to painting on silk with dyes. The process never allows the artist to be fully
in control or to know exactly the effect that will be created.
My paintings on silk are whimsical vignettes of
both rural and urban life in New England. It is my hope that they instill in
the viewer a sense of joy and lightness. I also hope that my silk paintings are
as healing to those that view my work as the process of creating them is to
The creative process has been a powerful healing
force in my life. I chose the name Crow House Studio because in Native-American
legend the crow represents an omen of change, and is a shape-shifter. Crow
medicine encourages people to shape shift their old realities into their future
Originally from Gaylordsville, Connecticut
Linda has been active in art from the time she was very young. After
graduating from New Milford High School where she focused on photography and
art, Linda studied Photography through New York Institute of
Photography while she worked with cancer patients in a hospice
program through a local VNA.
In the early 1980's she moved to Hawaii where
she apprenticed in photography. Upon returning to Connecticut Linda managed a
photo supply and processing store while showing her photography in galleries
and at art shows.
Linda married her husband Don in 1991 and moved to
Vermont in 1993 where she and her husband lived a self-sufficient life on
their 25-acre homestead on the Canadian border. During this time Linda was
focused on creating handmade paper collages as well as linoleum prints and
traveled to craft shows to sell her work.
In the late 1990’s Linda began experimenting with
painting on silk first by creating silk scarves and ties. Her work was accepted
into a number of galleries and she continued to do craft shows. In 2000 the
Marcille’s sold their farm and moved to central Vermont. It was there that
Linda turned her focus to creating paintings on silk featuring whimsical
vignettes of Vermont life. She was contacted by a number of galleries
interested in carrying her silk paintings so she retired from the craft show
circuit and sold her silk paintings solely through art galleries.
Linda's paintings on silk are bright, whimsical
vignettes of everyday life. They instill a joyful childlike response in the
viewer and are meant to provoke happy, healing emotions. Linda also creates a
very limited quantity of hand-painted and block printed silk scarves, and ties
that are only sold at her open studio events and to wholesale customers.
Linda's work has appeared on WCAX channel 3 News and can often be seen in
Vermont magazines and publications.
Linda strongly believes in the healing properties
of art, both for the viewer and the creator. She feels that art must be made
available to those with chronic & terminal illness as part of their
treatment plan. Linda has been battling an autoimmune disease caused by
advanced neurological Lyme disease since 2000.
Past and Present Retail
& Wholesale Locations
Artisans' Hand Gallery
in Montpelier, VT.
Stowe Craft and Design
Waitsfield, VT Frog Hollow Gallery in Burlington, VT. Frog Hollow Gallery in
Middlebury, VT. (CLOSED) Frog Hollow Gallery in Manchester, VT. (CLOSED) North of the Falls,