About Linda Kukuk
Linda Kukuk is a life-time resident of the Oklahoma City area, and an award-winning, self-taught artist. Although she does some traditional watercolor, she is mainly known as a scratchboard artist specializing in realistic pictures of wildlife, pet portraits, Native Americans, and portraits.She is a Signature Level member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA).
Rather than always doing scratchboard art in the "traditional" sense, she enjoys experimenting by starting with white clayboard, adding either watercolor, acrylic ink, INdia ink (or a combination of these) and then doing scratchwork on the surface she has prepared.
Her extensive travels throughout Africa, Europe, Russia, and the South ?Pacific has given her a myriad of interesting subjects to paint and draw. She love painting almost any subject, and being a member of the Choctaw Nation, definitely enjoys painting Native American & American wildlife subjects. She also enjoys using white clay-coated board (textured & smooth) for watercolor.
The Choctaw Nation recently purchased dozens of her works to display at their clinics and beautiful new Tribal Headquarters in Durant, OK. Linda was commissioned to create watercolors to illustrate a new Disney children's picture book on the life of Chief Wilma Mankiller. "Wilma's Way Home" was released in early 2019 and has been included on the 2019 New York Public Library's Best Books for Kids list, nominated for the Ezra Jack Keats 2020 Awards, selected for inclusion in the 2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, and received the Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection award.
She wsays that even though she embarks on various creative side roads in her artistic travels, she never strays very far fro scratchboard art. It never ceases to challenge!