Linda Grebmeier

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Linda was raised in  California, completed her MA degree at Central Washington University, studied with Cynthia Krieble and George Stillman 


Painting is the language I use to explore my intuitive attraction to light, space and color.

After completing my graduate work, I left the expansive horse country of Eastern WA returning to the Northern CA Bay Area where I began the Battles series using the horse as a personal and global subject. I appropriated Rubens and Delacroix artworks for their rhythmic compositions to explore my paint handling. Additionally, I painted natural Landscapes in WA, OR and CA with spatial distant views.

The complexity of the Benicia industrial waterfront challenged me to paint urban landscapes. The Arsenal, Cargo Ships and Industrial Prints series evolved from living in a studio surrounded by transport vehicles and bridges. Light formed angles of shadows across sides of immense ships or between warehouse walkways. 

The Yuba Site series was inspired by the 1850s Yuba Factory in Benicia where sharp light radiated through decayed roofs illuminating detritus left behind by workers. It had housed repair space for paddlewheel steamers, gold dredging machines and howitzer guns, until finally the space became artists’ studios and then was demolished.

In the recent Play-Things series I’m observing still lifes of toys and objects. At times intense light creates shadow-shapes that have their own physical presence, and dialogues occur between figurines or even between the shadows themselves.

In Encaustics I paint with hot wax or with paper collages embedded in wax. Ideas evolve as a collage is composed but can change drastically once the process begins. Surfaces are gouged out, scraped and burnt to develop the work; and sometimes the images are surreal or homages to historical artists.

The unique fluidity of either hot wax, oils or inks guide my exploration from subject to image. By working in Series and observing variations, I discover my personal intentions and clarify formal concerns.


2024 – my painting “Arsenal 140” will be auctioned during the Lincoln in Beniciabenefit
hosted by 1000 Friends Protecting Historic Benicia.

Friday April 19 from 6:00–9:00pm
Benicia Clocktower, 11189 Washington Street, Benicia CA 94510

2023 – my encaustic Wasteland” is now part of the museum’s permanent collection after the exhibit “Global Warming is Real, 7th Annual.”

Museum of Encaustic Art, 18 County Road 55A, Cerrillos NM 87010
Hours: Friday–Sunday from 11:00–4:00pm, (505) 424-6487

2022 – my monotype Fire Clouds” graced the cover of “A Companion to American Poetry.” Published by Wiley Blackwell, April 2022. Editors: Mary Mcaleer Balkun, Jeffrey Gray, Paul Jaussen.

A Companion to American Poetry brings together original essays by both established scholars and emerging critical voices to explore the latest topics and debates in American poetry and its study.

2015 – exhibition & book
Why Make Art, Twenty-Five Benicia Artists Respond”

Desuyo Project: Artists respond to the question “Why Make Art?”
Book includes their responses, artwork, and artist portraits by photographer Hedi. B. Desuyo.

Public Art

2016 Sonoma State University Art Gallery, Rohnert Park CA
2012 Public Health Clinic, Solano County Public Art, Vacaville CA
2012 Santa Rosa Junior College, The Doyle Collection, Santa Rosa CA
2010 Solano County Events Center, Solano County Public Art, Fairfield CA
2010 Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Hospital Art Collection, Vallejo CA
2009 City of Richmond Art Collection, Richmond CA
2008 Benicia Historical Museum, Silas Casey Building, Benicia CA


Your capturing of light always amazes me. I feel like I can tell the time of day; the stillness or wind in the air. There’s something about it that frees my senses and my imagination.
–– Barbara Intersimone CA

She takes what would be the most mundane topic or detail and turns it into this rich visual experience.
–– Anne Toxey, Toxey/McMillan Design Associates TX

Poetic and almost audible landscapes draw the viewer in, as the late afternoon light softens the grit and rust.
– Dolby Chadwick Gallery CA

Since moving to the Benicia Arsenal 19 years ago, Grebmeier has interpreted the industrial environment surrounding her studio in striking paintings and prints suffused with golden light and deep shadows, profoundly expressive of her connection to the area. Her use of unexpected vantage points results in atmospheric, light-filled images bordering on abstraction.
– Kathryn Weller-Renfrow CA

Benicia’s Arsenal may appear to casual visitors to be a jumble of buildings, some forlorn, others restored. But Benicia artist Linda Grebmeier knows how to transform them with heightened color and geometric form in the golden light of a setting sun.
– Robert Taylor, Contra Costa Times CA