Wally Linebarger


“wblArtist III”

(Walter Bert Linebarger III)


Specialties:  Paintings in Oils, Acrylics, Latex, Watercolors and Mixed-Media, Murals, Wall Surfaces and Art Restoration

Contact me at  wblartist@gmail.comor on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/wally.linebarger)


I am an artist, a writer and a retired educator living in a rather familiar yet “foreign” environment – my hometown!  I moved to Dallas in 1970 as a teenager to attend Southern Methodist, to be a painter living the rest of my days in New York City or Madrid, vowing never to return to Missouri where even my best friends told me I didn’t fit in.

In 1972 I enrolled in SMU-in-Spain for a semester.  We first spent a week in Paris absorbing the art, culture, food and to get to know each other. There were 45 students in the program plus several professors.  We travelled by train to Barcelona for a two week orientation program. After that we moved into our apartments in Madrid attending the Instituto de Cultura Hispanica on the University of Madrid campus.

After returning to Dallas I encountered the phenomenal Ann McGee-Cooper, Head of the Art Education Department at SMU.  She was the one who encouraged me to be a teacher.  I never wanted to be a teacher even though I had enjoyed being a camp counselor at the YMCA Day Camp for two years.  While receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting I asked myself, “What next?”  An artist can make either zero dollars or millions of dollars a year based on talent, contacts, timing, luck and maybe fate.  Somehow talent, contacts, timing, luck and maybe fate led me to get a Master of Fine Arts in Art Education and be an art teacher.



Photos of Wally with The Experimental Arts Program, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas and Evergreen, Colorado


I lived in Dallas, Texas, for over thirty years and Stony Brook, New York, for one year teaching art in a variety of venues. (See the section “My Résumé”)

I moved back home to Jefferson City, Missouri, several years ago, intending to stay but a few months to get my life back together after being in a state of free fall for the previous five years.  In spite of my vow “never to return,”

Instead, I fell in love with the fertile land of the Ozarks – the forever green trees and moistness in the earth.  Jefferson City was also named “The Most Beautiful Small Town in America” by Rand-McNally.  So I stayed!

Most Beautiful Small Town in America

I managed a gallery of my artwork at the local mall during the holiday season.  Because of selling most of those paintings I was able to actually support myself for a year.  I had finally achieved my working artist goal which I had wanted when I was first in college.  I now work out of a studio located in my home in Jefferson City.

Copy (2) of Wally at Mindscapes Gallery at Capital Mall 2007

Please contact the artist for special requests and commissions at wblartist@gmail.com   I hope you enjoy this website which I call “Working Out the Kinks.”  I would love your feedback.



“Hay Bales in Motion”   24″ x 12″  Oils, 2018

In the collection of Malinda Dickey




“Mom’s Moon”   36″ x 48″  Oils, 2018

In the collection of Scott Weathersby




“Eclipse”   30″ x 40″  Oils, Recovered items, Collage on Canvas  2017   

FOR SALE  $2000

Made from recovered junk found in Turtle Creek, Dallas, Texas.

Once upon a time not so many years ago I was homeless and living under the trees and shrubs along a beautiful creek which runs through the center of one of the most exclusive areas of Dallas. I was not alone, as there were many others who had found themselves in the shadow and humiliation of homelessness.
During that time the city planners decided to drain the creek in order to clean out all the rubbish which people had lost or thrown into the water over the past 60 years, as well as rebuild all the docks, pathways and patios along the water’s banks. Once the water was drained one could see bed frames, typewriters and even cars which were partially covered with sludge and vines. It became an adventure for all of us living in the shadows to look for treasure which might be recovered such as diamond rings thrown into the water when an engagement or marriage had ended.
I never found valuable treasure, but I did find an array of curious objects – a book which was covered in a crust colorful marbleized mold, a part of a tennis court net entwined with algae and remnant of a shoe, a partially rusted fender of an old Cadillac. I dug these out with a long walking stick and let dry in the sun in the dry grass. Once they were dry I could clean each piece with water or an old shoe shine brush exposing the array of discoloration and texture. I kept these objects in a black garbage bag which I carried with me from camp to camp and even to the halfway house where I lived for almost a year. ECLIPSE depicts my journey from homelessness to recovery and uses the junk I kept in my black plastic bag. I didn’t get the chance to make this work until after I arrived in Jefferson City. ECLIPSE is a testament how discarded junk can become a work of art through the process of recovery and reclaiming the beauty of creation.



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“Passion on the Rocks”  38″ x 58″  oils on canvas  2017   

In the collection of Mary Wayman Barrett




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“Snow Tree Series #1” 24″x 48″ oils on canvas  2016

In the collection of Chris Hayes





“Snowscape”  30″x40″  oils on canvas 2010

In the collection of Dale Bruemmer




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“Missouri Hay Bales #2”  30″ x 40″  oils on canvas  2012
In the collection of Sharon Bowie







“The Kill Team/WWII – My Father the War Photographer” is a true story about my father.



Self Portrait
“Self Portrait:  THE CHEATIN’ KIND”   18″ x 24″  Mixed media with collage

“Losing Things: A Self Portrait” is an autobiographical story in progress. Chapters 1-4 have been published so far.  Updates are published every two-three months.





“Wally” is an award-winning film by Andy Galloway.

Andy Galloway just completed his Master of Documentary Production and Studies degree from University of North Texas.  He is a former student  at Trinity Christian Academy, Addison, Texas (Class of ’88).

Wally Linebarger: a man cught in the turbulence of truth. Plagued by a past that longs to define him and a future that remains unsure, Wally presses forward. Despite a life of gain and loss, three lights continue to guide him.

In this twenty-five minute documentary, the viewer is guided from present to past and a setting that spans from Dallas, Texas to Jefferson City Missouri.

Trailer for “Wally”

“Wally” UNT MFA Version

“Wally” the Director’s Cut





Over the past thirty years I have encountered many challenges.  I am a very weird guy who has loved his life and hated his life both to extremes.  If not for the encouragement I have had from friends and family, I really don’t think I would be alive.  I dedicate my work to them.


Me with my daughters – Karen Padecio, Sarah Linebarger and Catherine Linebarger

The inspirations of my life:  My Daughters: Catherine, Karen and Sarah, who are the true stars of the film, “Wally.”


 Catherine Linebarger (Los Angeles), Karen Padecio (Dallas) and Sarah Linebarger (New York City)






  1. They don’t begin to sum up the complexity of you Wally, but your statements give a peek at what your autobiography will include….well done. I love this piece of art too

    1. Thank you Polly for taking time to check this out. Did you happen to read any of the other sections listed on the menu above? I am rather concerned that Chapter Two of Working Out the Kinks might be too much for some people… but actually I toned it down a lot from reality.

    1. It is true. I don’t think I would be in a very good place emotionally without your effort and encouragement. You may be without a job, but you are certainly not without a heart and a soul!

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