Opie distinguished himself at an early age when his Bumble Bees were voted best in third grade and hung on the bulletin board outside the Principals office at PS 33 for a month.
Linda doesn't remember third grade.
Encouraged by his early success, Opie took music lessons, studied art for three years at SVA and honed his craft. He joined the Raspberries after their 3rd album, played Carnegie Hall at age 23 and Madison Square Garden at 29. He's played with major bands and music legends. Discipline was his middle name.
Linda, being adopted, never knew her middle name, assumed Peter Pan was her biological father and became a free-spirited self taught artist, workshop instructor and writer.
When their paths crossed (collided) in "84, they discovered they were opposite sides of the same coin... Soulmates!
While their individual styles complimented each other, as a team they truly excelled and Burnt Offerings Studio is the result of their combined efforts.
Their work includes jewelry, dada dolls, handmade and altered books, assemblage, digital art, photography, collage and metal collage, printmaking, encaustic, original music, zentangle, zia, and more.
Originally from N.Y.C., they are full time artists now living in a loft in The Berkshires with their cats Abigail and Coco.
They've taught workshops nationally and internationally based on expanded techniques in their books: Who's Your Dada: Redefining the Doll through Mixed Media - and - Metal Craft Discovery Workshop.
They appreciate the unusual and collect everything from space toys to burial dolls. These themes influence their work which has been featured in more than 30 books, several magazines, galleries, exhibitions, solo shows, museum gift shops and private collections.
Their latest passions are combining their original Photography with Digital Art (Digi-tography) Sketching, Watercolor, iPad-ography, Encaustic and Printmaking.
Their artist statement: "We are caretakers of the mundane and the ordinary. We work with organic, recycled and found materials, because they seem to have a voice that must be heard... a story that must be told... and a life that would otherwise be too soon forgotten".
mixed media art, music, photography, encaustic, printmaking, iPad-ography, sketching, watercolor, travel, cooking, re-inventing society's discards, english mysteries old-fashined horror movies, our cats, enjoying life and the Sketch Clup app on iPad 2.