Linsay was born in Nebraska and grew up on a farm where her love of nature and drawing blossomed. The small town elementary and high schools did not include art classes, so it was in college that she first studied fine art. She received her BFA with honors from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, and MFA with Great Distinction from San Jose State University in California. A cancer survivor, she wanted to help others with their healing process and next obtained a Masters in Art Therapy from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
She has taught art in Bay Area colleges and received Teacher of the Year Award for her work at the New Mexico State Penitentiary. A licensed, practicing art therapist for two decades in New Mexico, she is now retired and happily focused on full-time artmaking.
Linsay states, “Throughout my life I have been a builder, explorer and survivor. Applying these qualities to artmaking promote an experimental approach and stubborn persistence. I may erase, rip, tear, burn, paint over, make beauty and destroy it. I envision these actions to be a springboard that unleashes useful accidents and new approaches.”
Linsay has exhibited paintings, photographs and assemblage nationally and internationally, and shared performances and gallery installations. In 2016 “Origins” won a purchase award from New Mexico Art in Public Places. Her art is included in national and international collections.