Linda Besse

What is it like to paddle 459 miles above the Arctic Circle just to see a musk ox in the wild, or snorkel with wild beluga whales in Hudson Bay, or be dropped off by a float plane to watch grizzly bears harvest from salmon-filled streams, or hear the roar of lions while inside a rather thin canvas tent? Linda Besse knows because she has traveled the world to see animals in their natural habitat. Forty plus countries and all seven continents later, this artist knows that seeing things in the wild translates directly to her oil paintings.

Linda strives to capture that unique moment of “being there” whether it is some far-flung spot in Antarctica, among wild horses in Wyoming, or a glimpse of a turkey in full strut out her kitchen window.

Painting exclusively in oil because she likes its luminosity, depth, and intensity of color, Linda uses a mostly wet-on-wet technique to capture the immediacy of the image. She lives in the country surrounded by deer, wild turkey, grouse, quail, coyote, and the occasional moose, bear, and mountain lion.


  • Signature Member of Oil Painters of America
  • Signature Member of Society of Animal Artists
  • Best in Show – National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, International Spring Online Show 2020
  • Jean Bowman Award 2020, American Academy of Equine Artists
  • Nature Works Featured Artist 2019, Encore Artist 2020, Tulsa, OK
    Richeson 75 Animals, Birds, & Wildlife 2nd Place 2019
  • Oil Painters of America Western Regional Animal Award of Excellence 2018
  • Safari Club International Artist of the Year 2018
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Artist of the Year 2017