Linda McFetridge was born in New
Plymouth and raised in Taranaki. A self-taught artist, she
currently resides in Auckland.
McFetridge has contributed to a number of collaborative
exhibitions over the past couple of years, including an innovative
show in November 2006 with fellow artist Kate Millington, hosted by
fashion design house World at their deluxe store in Auckland.
From January 2008, McFetridge began to produce short
film documentaries to accompany each of her works, giving the
audience an entrée into her painting process and
an interpretation of each particular piece.
She has also begun a series of abstract works extending her
previous themes with a greater emphasis on the deconstruction of
As McFetridge explains, 'I am fascinated by space,
contrast and texture, and I find painting land, sea and skyscapes a
fabulous mechanism to explore this. Growing up surrounded by
black sand beaches and the native bush in Taranaki has left a
strong imprint on my creativity. I'm inspired by the moodiness and
drama of the west coast of the North Island, its ability to create
a sense of stillness and evoke a peacefulness within, which is
reflected in my work.""