Linda Phanekham

Linda came to Australia in 1972 and settled in Adelaide. Despite her love of art from a very young age, Linda did not undertake formal art training apart from having art as one of her high school subjects in South Australia. However, Linda’s career took a different path from the art world, she graduated from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, and worked in the welfare sector.

While living in Far North Queensland, she joined the Cairns Art Society in 1993 and attended many of its workshops, conducted by local and interstate professional artists. She regularly exhibited her artworks with the Society in various events and became its exhibition coordinator in 1994 and 1995.

Later, while living in Bali, she was invited to conduct watercolour beginners’ classes for the members of the Bali International Women’s Association, in 1996–98 and in the early 2000s as part of the Association’s many activities.

After returning to Brisbane, Linda joined the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland in 2006 following a visit to one of its Botanica exhibitions. Later she assisted the committee with the role of exhibition coordinator in parts of 2008 and in 2010. 

Linda took a more focused direction in botanical art because of its realistic representation of nature. In her belief, it brings the viewers into the world of plants and flowers, which are presented in a unique form of art with its heritage and basis in science. She attended many of the Society’s workshops and regularly exhibited her paintings in Botanica and Floressence exhibitions. 

In the very near future, her goal is to spend more time to paint and produce more artworks for her projects.

Linda’s artworks were never entered in art competitions, but some were purchased and sometimes commissioned by private collectors, in Far North Queensland, Brisbane, Adelaide, Bali and London.