Linda Leah Wolitz


  1. Her family owned a dairy farm in New Jersey, where she lived as a child. 
  2. Started painting portraits professionally in Martinsville, Virginia when she became a grandmother. She worked in pastels and specialized in painting children, dogs, cats, and horses, with an adult person thrown into the mix occasionally. 
  3. Lived in Lakeland, Florida, where she designed and painted three 6’ tall swan statues that were part of a fundraiser for a local children’s museum.
  4. Was a Resident Artist at Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Florida, where she painted tropical birds. 
  5. Has taught pastel painting at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen for 15 years, and exhibited at Crossroads since 2005.



Linda Leah Wolitz paints portraits of people, pets, and wildlife because she delights in capturing the inner self of her subject. “Each subject is special, and my challenge is to bring forth that uniqueness. Every painting is a celebration of life.”

Working in pastels, colored pencil, and graphite, Linda’s award-winning paintings reproduce the spirit of her subjects in a that style has a three-dimensional effect. Her work has been published by the Virginia Museum of Natural History and Virginia Tech. She and her artwork were featured in Mature Outlook magazine, and she has been represented by galleries in Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina.

Linda’s portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and wildlife paintings hang in private and public collections from Mexico to Alaska. Art-related activities in the Richmond area include commissioned portraiture and wildlife paintings, teaching, demonstrations and workshops. Linda maintains a studio space and gallery display at Crossroads Art Center, and she teaches pastel painting at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.