Artist Biography

Linda is a contemporary fine artist transplanted from New York to San Diego. She works primarily in encaustic – a mixture of beeswax, pigment and resin that has ancient roots. She creates works with rich surface textures and subtle palettes by applying and reworking layers of molten encaustic on wood panels. Her artwork is serene, luminous, and inviting to the touch.

Linda earned a physics degree from MIT before studying art at the California College of the Arts. Her scientific roots inform her work – exploring how to capture the essence of natural materials and moods in abstracted manner. She has been influenced by the work of abstract expressionists Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko and pastel artist Wolf Kahn.

Ms. Frueh was recently awarded a 2016 Emerging Artist Grant from the International Encaustic Artists, was selected for the Award of Excellence by Conceptions Contemporary Arts, and has been selected as one of 50 Contemporary Artists to Watch in the San Diego area.


Del Mar Arts Center, Del Mar, California

5550 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

Torpedo Factory Arts Center, Alexandria, Virginia

Art'n'Soul, Encinitas, California



2018 50 to Watch, Show and Catalog, San Diego, California 

2016 50 to Watch, Show and Catalog, San Diego, California 

2016 June, Conceptions Contemporary Art Show, San Diego, California - Awarded the Best of Show/Award of Excellence

2016 August/September, 5th Annual Encaustic Exhibition - Morpho Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 

2016 March, Mission Federal ArtWalk, San Diego, 

2016 October, Conceptions Art Show, San Francisco, 

2016 February, Rock the Red, Art on 30th, San Diego, California

1998 Student Exhibition, Yuma Conference, Yuma Arizona 

Creative Crafts Council Juried Show, Bethesda Maryland

Pleiades Jewelry Show,

Bethesda, Maryland


Professional Experience


2015 - Present ATELIER FRUEH Founder, San Diego, California

Established an art studio and teaching space in Sorrento Valley arts cluster

Teaches workshops in San Diego and Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Explores unusual uses and combinations of materials in structural ways

Develops commissioned work for corporate and private clients

Participates in regional artist collectives and national encaustic organization

ENAMELLIST GALLERY/Torpedo Factory Arts Center, Member, Alexandria, Virginia



1987 - 1997 Executive positions at non-profit and corporations, primarily science- or art-based missions

Selected organizations: Internet Archive, Raychem Corporation, Lexar Media,and

Nuclear Regulatory Commission



1998 - 2000 Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, San Francisco, California

1997 - 1998 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California

1987 MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business 

1981 BS, Physics, MIT 

President, Arts and Media Management

Post-graduate years of studio work

Majors- glass sculpture and jewelry/metal arts



2017 Cover Story, Encaustizine, “Space Contained”

2016 March, Emerging Artist Grant, International Encaustic Artists 

2016 May, Featured Artist, Manhattan Arts International 

2016 June, Award of Excellence, Conceptions Contemporary Art Show, San Diego, California

2006 American Art Collector Magazine, Juried Competition of New Work