Linda Joyce Ott is an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist working in photography, painting, collage and assemblage. She is also the author of the dystopian novel The Naked Law & the book of short stories Open Wounds, Secret Obsessions. Linda lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Linda honed her creative writing over the course of a successful career as a writer, editor and communications consultant. She has an Hons BA in English from McMaster University. Mentored by the late Paul Quarrington, she earned a Certificate in Creative Writing from The Humber School for Writers. Linda also took part in a workshop with Isabel Huggan at The Humber School for Writers.
To accompany exhibitions of her photographic work, Linda has published thirteeen photo art portfolios through Magcloud: A Rainbow of Irises;All Dolled Up; Auto Parts; Flowers of Hope; Hard Core: Hornby Island Rocks; Hood Ornaments; Mexico Obscura; Orchidaceous!; Signs of the Times; Strands of Time; The Earth Laughs in Flowers, Transcending Time and Tree Totems.
Linda’s art and photos have been exhibited in solo and group shows in Hamilton, Toronto and Alberta, including the Female Eye Film Festival, Artist’s Inc, Index G, the Toronto Outdoors Art Exhibition, Hugh’s Room and Visual Arts Ontario. Her photographs have been published in Art Focus, Photo Life, and Camera Canada magazines, and in The Hamilton Spectator.
In 2019, four photos from Linda’s Orchidaceous! portfolio, juried into the Royal Botanical Gardens’ Annual Orchid Show Art Exhibit won 1st, 2nd(2x) and 3rd prizes in their categories. In 2018, four photos won 1st and 2nd prizes in their categories. In 2017, the photo White Orchid won Best in Class (Photography) and 1st prize. In 2016, two photos placed 1st and 2nd in their categories at the exhibit.
In 2015 Linda was selected to be the Featured Artist at McMaster Innovation Park’s 18th juried Art in the Workplace exhibition (Aug – Nov 2015) in Hamilton.
Linda received Ontario Arts Council exhibition assistance grants for five solo exhibitions at the Hamilton Public Library’s Gallery4: Strands of Time (2017) Orchidaceous! (2016); All Dolled Up (2015); Urban Fresh (2013); The Earth Laughs in Flowers (2012).
In 2011 Auto Parts, her photo portfolio of details from classic cars, was nominated for a Hamilton Literary Award. In 2010 she was nominated for a Hamilton Tourism Award for her chrysanthemum photo calendar
In 2010 Linda received an Ontario Arts Council International Residency Grant for a juried, month-long residency at the Vermont Studio Center. In 2007 she was juried into a two-week creative residency program at the Prairie North Creative Residency, Grand Prairie Regional College, in Alberta.
Between 2003 and 2006 Linda participated in eight, week-long intensive painting workshops facilitated by artist Harold Klunder in Ontario and Quebec. Over the years, Linda has completed numerous art and photography workshops at Central Technical School, Ontario College of Art and Design and Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, and at Mohawk College in Hamilton.