Linda Hartough: 13th Hole, “Azalea,” Augusta National Golf Club Painting

Linda Hartough: 13th Hole, “Azalea,” Augusta National Golf Club Painting


13th Hole, “Azalea,” Augusta National Golf Club Painting by Linda Hartough


The 13th Hole, a majestic par five that is probably the most famous hole on the golf course, was designed by Alistair MacKenzie at almost the moment he first laid eyes on the property. At the lowest point of the property, it parallels the path of Rae's Creek, winding around a right-to-left corner 465 yards to where the creek crosses in front of the large green. This was the first golf scene painted by Hartough and started her career as a golf landscape artist.

About Linda

Since focusing her skills as a landscape painter to recreate some of the world's most beautiful golf holes, Linda Hartough has become recognized as one of golf's leading artists. So extraordinary and realistic is her attention to detail that her oil paintings seem to come alive with a clarity that surpasses the camera.

Her work has gained international fame. She is the only artist ever commissioned by the United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews to do the annual, official paintings and prints for the U.S. Open and British Open Championships. She has painted prestigious golf courses from the U.S. to Scotland to Hong Kong. Her paintings are so admired that they have earned a place on two ABC Television Golf Specials on famous golf holes hosted by Jack Nicklaus. Her paintings are in the collections of such famous clubs as Augusta National, Pine Valley and Laurel Valley. Hartough originals are also included in the private collections of Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones and Rees Jones.

A confirmed artist since the age of six, Linda was raised in the picturesque country sides of Wilmington, Delaware and Louisville, Kentucky. Much of her early career was spent in Chicago where, after receiving her Fine Arts degree from the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1970, she made a living by selling her paintings locally. In 1980, Linda moved to South Carolina near Hilton Head where, she painted landscapes, portraits and horses.

In 1984, Augusta National Golf Club commissioned her to paint the famed 13th hole, thus beginning her golf landscape career. After an enormous response to her work at the 1988 PGA Show in Orlando, Linda focused her career entirely on golf landscapes. Since that time, Linda's work has enjoyed unparalleled status in the golf world, while receiving international acclaim including Golf Digest's "Lifetime Achievement Award." Linda is privileged to be a Founding Trustee of the Academy of Golf Art, a professional society of golf artists established in 2004 to create an awareness and appreciation of golf art as a valuable segment of fine art.

Linda's approach to capturing a great golf hole is by spending a week or more at each course, taking photographs at different times of the day to capture all possible lights. She then figures out what is important or memorable in each view of a hole and makes sure this is included in the painting. Her memory serves as a less objective image of the hole. The combination of the two provides the unique view found in each of her paintings.

"I really enjoy painting golf landscape. It is some of the most beautiful and varied landscape in the world combined with a deep, historical sense of tradition that transcends time. The painting is a success when both elements emerge."

Art of the Print

A "user-friendly" guide for all your fine art possiblilites

With all the new print offerings, it can sometimes be difficult to understand how one kind of print differs from another, and to feel confident about selecting one. As the pubisher, we have compiled the following guide to help you better understand the printing techniques that we choose to best replicate original paintings.

Offset Lithographic Prints

Look for classic quality and consistent beauty in all our offset lithographic prints. This process affordably allows more people to own and enjoy a single work of art on paper than the original painting would.

  • Offset lithography is a photographic printing technique that uses inks, carried by rubber rollers called printing blankets, to transfer images from metal plates to paper.

  • Not all prints are alike, however, even at the same price. Our inks and archival paper are specially made to our exacting specifications.

  • While the industry standard for offset lithographic prints is often only four colors, we routinely create fine art prints in as many as ten different colors, resulting in unmatched clarity and color fidelity to the original.

Whichever work of art you choose, each offers its own unique qualities, and all offer you the pride and pleasure of owning a superlative work of art that might not otherwise be available. At The Linda Hartough Gallery, we will always choose the paintmaking technique that best suits the original.

Canvas Prints

These are created by offset lithographic printing directly on canvas, as opposed to on paper.

  • Our inks are specially adjusted for this technique, and the canvas we use has many of the same characteristics as the canvas that artists paint on.

  • A Linda Hartough canvas print has the authentic look of a more expensive original painting and, like the original, is framed without glass.

Textured Canvas Prints

This unique and valuable technique replicates the look and feel of an original painting, including canvas texture and artist's brush strokes.

  • The image is first printed by offset lithography with oil-based inks on a thin piece of oil-based material.

  • A mold of the original painting can be used as a guide to creat a feeling of brush strokes on the canvas, or the artist can re-create the brush strokes him or herself.

  • The mold is used with heat and pressure to bond the printed image to artist-quality canvas.

  • The resulting fine art print captures the texture as well as the image of the original and is framed without glass.

  • Published on a very selective basis and usually in much more exclusive editions, textured canvas prints have many of the popular attributes of an original.

 Fine Art Serigraphs

Also commonly known as silk-screening, serigraphy is a time-honored technique, based on stenciling, for creating prints by hand.

  • Ink or paint is carefully brushed through a fine fabric screen, portions of which have been masked for impermeability.

  • For each color, a different portion of the screen must be masked, and each color must be allowed to dry before the next is applied.

  • Like Linda Hartough fine art lithographs, our fine art serigraphs are created from an original painting, and the artist can see and adjust the evolution of the colors through many proofing stages.

  • This exacting process can use more than 100 hand-applied colors. The depth of color is almost luminous.

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