The Gathering | Original
‘The Gathering’ is a highly detailed scratchboard illustration that appeals to the inner child in all of us. The landscape and woodland creatures are heavily inspired by enchanting forest trails hiked in Alaska. I fell in love with these landscapes, where you can easily imagine that a magical scene like this may take place. I’m drawn to the character behind a subject’s expression and enjoy the challenge of creating dramatic highlights that can be achieved with scratchboard to illuminate their story.
Dimensions: 300mm (w) x 410mm (h) unframed, 370mm (w) x 380mm (h) framed
Medium: Scratchboard, framed in black box frame with silver foil profile and archival glass.
Linda Lunnon is an Australian wildlife and botanical illustrator living in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales.
After studying and working in environmental science, Linda discovered the Natural History Illustration degree at the University of Newcastle. It was here that she was introduced to her now preferred medium of scratchboard, which is a panel covered in kaolin clay and sprayed with black ink. A variety of sharp tools are then used to etch into the black to create values and highlights.
In 2018, Linda joined the International Society of Scratchboard Artists and after several years of working primarily in scratchboard, became one of only sixteen living Master Scratchboard Artists in the world in 2021.
Although Linda’s primary focus with her scratchboard pieces is illuminating the natural world, she has more recently been exploring people. Her scratchboard piece of a traditional Yupik dancer ‘Angniq’ recently won 3rd place in the Master’s category for ISSA’s annual online exhibition, and Linda also became a Finalist for the 2022 Hunter Emerging Art Prize with her scratchboard piece ‘Carry me’. The fine details in her artworks aim to tell a subject’s story by capturing expressions and character in a way that engages the viewer.
Linda is passionate about promoting scratchboard as a fine art medium and enjoys running workshops and demonstrations that introduce people to it. In her spare time, Linda enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her family and tending to her native garden, which provides ample inspiration for her artworks.