Linda Vance Etherington


Life is alive

About Me

I love love love love love to paint. I love color. And, blessedly, color is everywhere!! I love shape!! And—thank the heaven’s—everything’s a shape: organic and geometric and all in between. I love space—positive space, negative space, and, mercy me, it’s everywhere I look! How can I be so blessed to have eyes to see color, shapes, and space, and live in a time when women are encouraged to paint? It is a feast—everyday.

Born in Washington State in 1969, I am the fourth of seven children. I grew up on a small 10 acre farm where my dad worked during the day as an engineer, but spent his early mornings and late evenings teaching us how to change water lines, milk the cow, feed the sheep, throw bales of alfalfa hay, and tend the chickens. Mom taught us how to keep the house, bake the bread, and to get our homework done. My mom also taught me to paint. After years of watercolors, drawing pencils, oil pastels and crayons, I received my first oil painting set when I was 12. It was beautiful, like shiny candy. But I was so confused what to do. So, we painted. She showed me how to draw with my brush. It made sense to me. I am forever grateful to my mother.

My mom and dad were my biggest fans. I took classes at the college with my mom when I was in high school. Then I was off to Brigham Young University (BYU) where I studied painting with an art scholarship and graduated with a BFA in Painting. Over the next 14 years my husband and I were blessed with 7 daughters and almost as many moves with my husband’s job. Our little girls filled my life with new color, new shapes, new spaces and new brain challenges. All through it, I worked hard at being a mom; and, I worked hard when our neighbor came twice a week so I could sneak away and paint for 3 hours. Sometimes a little one would need me and I would rock them on my hip while I painted. It felt good holding onto my love of painting and my love of mothering.

Now my family is still growing. I have married daughters and grandchildren. I still love love love love love love to paint. Shapes and colors still call out to me; I sing back to them and I paint.

Art Gallery




Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting. Brigham Young University, Provo UT.

Selected Exhibitions


June 30, 2017 - March 31, 2018.
Brigham Young University Museum of Art: The Interpretation Thereof: Contemporary LDS Art and Scripture.

October 18, 2017 – January 10, 2018.
32nd Annual Spiritual & Religious Art of Utah, Springville Museum of Art.

April 26-July 8 2017.
393rd Annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art.


October 19, 2016 - January 11, 2017.
31st Annual Spiritual & Religious Art of Utah Springville Museum of Art.


Solo Show, Aug-Oct 2015, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo UT.
91st Annual Spring Salon April-July 2014, Springville Museum of Art, Springville UT.
30th Annual Spiritual & Religious Exhibition, Nov 2015-Jan2016, Springville Museum of Art, Springville UT.


90th Annual Spring Salon April-July 2014, Springville Museum of Art, Springville UT.
29th Annual Spiritual & Religious Exhibition, Nov 2014-Jan2015,Springville Museum of Art, Springville UT.


89th Annual Spring Salon April-July 2013, Springville UT.


27th Annual Spiritual and Religious Art, Nov-Jan 2010, Springville UT.
Ninth International Art Competition, Mar-Oct 2012, Church History Museum.


26th Annual Spiritual and religious Art, Oct-Dec 2011, Springville UT.


Published Book of Moses original paintings, Mormon Artists Group, New York NY.
25th Annual Spiritual and Religious Art, Oct-Dec 2010, Springville UT.


8th International Art Competition, March-Sept, Salt Lake City UT.


The 5th Annual Art Access Exhibition, May, Salt Lake City UT.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Art in the Garden Exhibition, June, Salt Lake City UT.


7th International Art Competition, March-Sept, Salt Lake City UT.


Two-Person Exhibition, Dec 2004-Jan 2005 CODA Gallery, Park City UT.


80th Annual Spring Salon, April- June, Springville Museum of Art, Springville UT.


Bowery Gallery Art Competition, July, New York NY.


Solo Show, Springville Museum of Art, Springville UT.


37th Annual National Art Exhibition, Oct-Nov, San Diego Art Institute CA.

Collections & Awards

Honorable Mention 30th Annual Spiritual and Religious Art Show 2015.

Juror of Painting, 43rd Annual Utah All-State High School Art Show, 2015, Springville Museum of Art, Springville UT.

Stanford Hospital: Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Permanent Collection, Stanford CA.

Ninth International Art Competition, Mar-Oct, 2012, Church History Museum.

Award of Merit, 26th Annual Spiritual and Religious Art, Oct-Dec 2011,
Springville Museum of Art, Springville UT.

Springville Museum of Art Collection.

BYU Permanent Collection: Art in the Library.

BYU Permanent Collection: BYU Special Collections.

State Art Collection, State Building, Utah.

Church Museum of History and Art Permanent Collection.


"In the hurry and bustle of life, as well as in life’s occasional sadness and sorrow, I paint my way through — working always to notice the world around me, and in it find the best gifts and the sweet things."


Linda's pieces.

The Book of Moses

by Mormon Artists Group (Author), Linda Etherington (Illustrator)

My friend Glen Nelson of the Mormon Artist Group (MAG) in New York City approached me in 2008 to create original artwork for a single book of LDS scripture. I was in turns intrigued, curious, flattered, and ecstatic. I immediately choose the Book of Moses. Adam. Eve. The Creation. Work. Eyes that were opened. Drama. These things speak to me of family, my family and other families. All of us have our ups, our downs, our adventures, and occasional really hard times. Yet, I try to always look for the blessings that infuse the great moments and the tender sweetness. After a very challenging and fun two years of work, the paintings were finished. The Book of Moses was released Thanksgiving 2010. The limited edition is sold out but paperbacks are still available online.

"I paint to say something. I paint because there is color. I paint because there is beauty and there is power in symbols. For example, one symbol is idea that plants grow from seed and then reproduce themselves under the right conditions of water and light. Picture I paint because there is power in creation—babies are born to Mothers and Fathers, the Sun comes up each day. I paint because I believe that God is telling us something with all of his creations and supreme order.Picture Therefore, in my paintings I often personify flowers or objects. A fruit or a plant seems to speak with words. Figures, representing the mortality in each of us, likewise speak ideas. Birds symbolize a whisper from God, carrying messages. Flowers speak of God’s great mercies, beauty beyond reason, power beyond our abilities, and often a deeper symbol than the surface. Life is alive. God speaks in symbols and in words. His words carry power. One can notice that the titles to the paintings have been painted right into the surface. I have also added God’s words from the scriptures. I paint as my humble and small attempt to show God’s hand."

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