If someone were to ask you what your impression of Texas was, what would be your first thought?
This was pretty close to mine...
This painting is one of my favorites of hers. I love that flag!
Linda is a warm sweet soul who never misses the opportunity to encourage me and others with her words of wisdom on a lot of my posts on Facebook. She has become a welcome follower over at the Rustique Art page and she getting settled in over at the HIT fan page too. I would love to sit and visit with her someday if I ever get that far south again :)
I recently asked Linda if I could send her some questions and use her answers for an "artist feature", she was happy to oblige. Let's see what she had to say.
Linda, did you always know you were an artist?
I always knew I loved creating. My mother and her sisters were natural DYI folks out of necessity and could sew, decorate, or cook just about anything. My earliest memory of my mom was her decorating a little frame house we lived in with wallpaper vines cut out to climb a slanted ceiling.
What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
Rustic architecture and country places. I get most of my inspiration from just riding down the road and seeing places I would love to tramp through or spots where I would love to live. I have always loved to travel, but most of the places that inspire me are right in my home state of Texas. I raised my children in the Hill Country but live now on the Coast. There are so many beautiful places in Texas, I could paint forever and not do justice to them all.
[acrylic on canvas]
Who encouraged you to paint?
I had a teacher in Jr. High - Altheretta Yeargin and a professor in college - Charles Suckle - who made me believe that I could create something worthwhile. And of course, my father always thought I was talented.
What medium do you work with predominately? Oils, watercolor, acrylics? I really started backwards. I began working in oils years ago, but recently have worked primarily in acrylics.
What do you find the most rewarding about being an artist?
When I sit back and look at a finished piece I like, that is my reward. Not all pieces are the way I wanted them to be, but when I get that one that is just right, that is my greatest reward. I am a tough critic of my own work.
Do you work in other bases other than canvas? wood, cloth, glass, metal? I have done work in wood and cloth. I enjoy sewing, but usually just for my own use. My husband and I have worked together on pieces done in mesquite wood. I basically did the design and he executed the finished product. My husband says if it stands still long enough I will paint it.
[the stars at night are big and bright]
Can you share any words of wisdom for a beginning artist?
Never stop. Just keep practicing and learning. I think my biggest problem was trying to please others. I have finally realized that if I like it, that is all that is important.
Why do you paint?
Just because I love to. The challenge of trying to get that image in my mind on canvas or in a finished product is like an addiction to me.
Do you sell your work? Where?
I have sold my work privately, at craft shows, on eBay and on Etsy.
Do you do commission work?
Yes. My most recent painting was for a lady who is the Postmistress in Del Valle, Texas. Her daughter had me do a rural post office as a gift.
[commissioned for postmistress Del Valle, Tx]
So what do you think? She's amazing isn't she. Didn't you have a wonderful visual in your head when when she described her mom decorating their little frame house. ((swoon)) I love little frame houses and dream of fixing one up someday.
Thank you Linda for sharing your story and your art with us.
To see more of Linda's art you can visit her Etsy shop. To have a chat with Linda, stop by her Impressions of Texas facebook fan page and sit a spell after you hit that "like" button that is. :) (that's considered subtle here in Texas)
I imagine you could even convince her to create something wonderful for you!
Remember, this Friday @ 7PM is the first of many link parties. You don't want to miss being a part of the Lone Star Showcase.
Don't worry, I'm not likely to let you forget.