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Featured Seller: Linda Monfort

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Linda Monfort and, as much as I don’t feel like it, I am a senior citizen, divorced, and living by myself in southern California. My life as an artist has taken me in many interesting directions. Many moons ago I graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in art with an emphasis in fashion design and graphic design. I wanted to move to the Big Apple and become a famous fashion designer but got married instead. My first real art job was working for the Navy as a graphic designer and I later worked at an ad agency as their art director. After that, I had a shop/art studio where I created one-of-a-kind copper enameled wall mirrors and paintings and kept doing some freelance graphic design on the side. After baby #2, I did freelance graphic design out of my home as well as some etched glass designs for spec homes and for my own kitchen cupboards. I painted murals in each of my children’s rooms and throughout our home. After my divorce, I tried to get back into graphic design but quickly found that I was a dinosaur because I had no computer skills. I did various boring jobs until I was hired to design custom large room size area rugs working with interior designers. After I saw how this business was run, I quit and went into business for myself. I did that for ten years until a slowdown in the economy. At the suggestion of a friend, I started selling my paintings on the Internet and have found this to be a great way to earn a living for about the last ten years.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I have to admit that working as a fine artist does take up most of my time. To relax I like to bake, visit with my friends and my kids and their families, go to art galleries and watch movies.

What would be the title of your memoir? 
I Used the Gift God Gave Me. I have always known that I was blessed with the wonderful gift of creativity. Even though I sometimes struggled to earn a living as an artist, I couldn’t imagine my life without the ability to create.

Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from everywhere. I especially like to study cloud formations — their ever-changing colors and shapes and wonderful amorphous quality mesmerize me. When I was nine years old my dad was in the army and we were stationed in Japan for a year. Every weekend my brother and I would get our allowance in Japanese yen and we would hop onto our bikes and head straight to the little village called Sata-zaki next to the army base. Joel and I would go to the main street where there were endless outdoor shops selling every kind of toy and trinket you could imagine. I remember how brightly colored and amazing they all seemed to us. We would then go to the Kabuki theater and peek in the windows and watch the rehearsals. I remember how beautiful the costumes were — the textures, patterns, and colors were delicious! I know these experiences contributed to my love of bright colors which I use in most of my paintings today.

What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade is any one item carefully and deliberately created with love by one human being. Ideally it is one of a kind.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
My grandmother was a woderful landscape oil painter and my mom was very crafty. She also taught me how to sew doll clothes for my Toni Doll when I was in grade school. That’s when I decided I wanted to become a fashion designer.

I would say that Mr. Watson, my 8th grade teacher, was the first professional who influenced my craft. My best friend Kathy and I designed and made a 4′ x 6′ mosiac mural in the front of the classroom while the rest of the students were slaving away. It was great fun! In high school I took a commercial art class and the teacher, Mr. Calderwood, was wonderful. He made me think about becoming a graphic designer. One of my college professors, Mrs. Bigelow, really influenced me as far as expressing myself through the use of acrylic paints while doing my fashion illustrations. Another professor, Mrs. Tanzer, showed me how transparent colors could be layered and combined while doing copper enameling, giving me my first taste of the ethereal quality of art. I also have to give credit to my graphic design professor Mr. Miller for teaching me the elements of design.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I knew I was an artist from the age of about five. From grade school on through high school I was always the best artist in my class and loved to draw.

How would you describe your creative process?
I can’t create without music playing full blast and, when I am creating, I feel like I’m on another plane. It’s like a natural high for me. Sometimes it’s hard to get myself in gear and start a painting but once I do, I’m in another world. If I feel a bit down my mood instantly changes once I start. I usually don’t think about what I am going to paint. It’s almost like I’m possessed; my hands and the brush just take over and, voila!, the painting emerges. When I’m done I feel drained of energy but usually happy with the end result.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Definitely Vincent van Gogh! He is my favorite fine artist. I guess you could say that I’m the typical artist stereotype, moody and somewhat mad at times so I feel a kinship with Vincent. I think my brush technique and the colors I use have been greatly influenced by his style.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
My grandmother was also a wonderful seamstress. She created beautiful handmade quilts from scraps of fabric left over from the dresses she made. I have two of her creations and do treasure them. I also treasure the small wooden box my son Ryan made for me, the kitchen knife holder my son Sean made for me, and the beautiful handmade birthday cards my daughter Rebecca made for me.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
I usually stall a bit by calling a friend to chat, baking cookies or going for a ride. Just getting out of “my cave,” as my kids call my home, seems to do the trick. Looking through art magazines also inspires me.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
As my brother always says, “Above ground!” Ideally, I would be selling my paintings and prints for thousands of dollars a piece and living in a fabulous log cabin in the woods with a wonderful guy.

Featured Seller Archive

 

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry says:

    Oh this is such a wonderful and interesting interview. Love your work! I am so happy to see fine art here :-) Congrats on the feature!

    2 years ago

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick says:

    Your paintings are beautiful and you are very inspiring! Congrats on your feature and much continued success and happiness!

    2 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Your work is so sunny and cheerful! Congrats! Your story is wonderful!

    2 years ago

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS says:

    I'd go with a log cabin in the woods with or without the money, although in retrospect I do believe we think on the same lines but I won't be selling anything for thousands of dollars unless I get my own paintings and drawings listed! Great interview and Congratulations as the newest Etsy Featured Artist! Love your studio and shop!

    2 years ago

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow says:

    Very beautiful work! Love your shop! Congrats on the feature, Linda!

    2 years ago

  • riverstar

    riverstar says:

    Your work is fresh and vibrant... thanks for sharing the great photos and story!

    2 years ago

  • dreadsandcurls

    dreadsandcurls says:

    I just love your flower paintings. Brava!

    2 years ago

  • ThoseThreeWords

    ThoseThreeWords says:

    Your life story is very inspiring! And I love the bright colors in your work. Thanks so much for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • funktionslust

    funktionslust says:

    I love your disposable plates that you've mixed the colors of your paints in ~ I should organize my stained glass pieces by color but never do...but should...it would really help organize my brain! Beautiful work, I'm so glad for your success as an artist!

    2 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    Great sense of humor and lovely paintings!

    2 years ago

  • JPATPURSES

    JPATPURSES says:

    gorgeous work ! Wonderful featured seller :)

    2 years ago

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom says:

    beautiful studio - great interview!

    2 years ago

  • oldandodd

    oldandodd says:

    Wonderful paintings and great story! Congrats to you and your success!

    2 years ago

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations says:

    I love your inspiration story! Peaking into Kabuki rehearsals sounds utterly magical, especially through the eyes of a child.

    2 years ago

  • JenROriginals

    JenROriginals says:

    Congratulatons Linda! I was so happy and excited to not only see an artist featured on the front page, but that it was you! So awesome. I love your work!

    2 years ago

  • HumphreysHandmade

    HumphreysHandmade says:

    I love the copious amounts of plastic sheeting! Never sure how I feel about abstract art though, I always see really odd things when I look at it :D

    2 years ago

  • chinmayo

    chinmayo says:

    Inspiring and BEAUTIFUL!

    2 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    I love the vibrant colours and impressionistic nature to your work, feels full of life!

    2 years ago

  • estheraguirre

    estheraguirre says:

    Looove it!!! So talented!!! Please: Visit us and use 10DISCOUNT coupon code for 10% OFF ;)

    2 years ago

  • CalviRee

    CalviRee says:

    truly inspiring & truly beautiful...

    2 years ago

  • earlums

    earlums says:

    Love the colors! Congrats on the feature.

    2 years ago

  • rozzie

    rozzie says:

    You're so creative. Love the mark making and freedom of expression in your work.

    2 years ago

  • Zria

    Zria says:

    I am loving it :D

    2 years ago

  • pienchips

    pienchips says:

    Congrats on the feature Linda. Your paintings are beautiful! And I love your studio.

    2 years ago

  • CreationsbyLSM

    CreationsbyLSM says:

    Love your story, very inspiring! Your paintings are so beautiful.

    2 years ago

  • gardenmis

    gardenmis says:

    Your paintings are gorgeous + unique ~ congrats on being FS!

    2 years ago

  • rokcandyofnyc

    rokcandyofnyc says:

    Wonderful and endearing story Linda! Much L-O-V-E❤ ROK Candy of NYC

    2 years ago

  • TreasuryShop

    TreasuryShop says:

    So inspiring, love your work.

    2 years ago

  • filofashion

    filofashion says:

    Congrats :) Great Work !

    2 years ago

  • ellieroseltd

    ellieroseltd says:

    Congrats to you on the interview/feature...makes for a interesting and lovely read. Your shop is truly fabulous!

    2 years ago

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique says:

    What a delightful interview. I really enjoyed reading it and I absollutely love your paintings. Congratulations on being featured :-)

    2 years ago

  • FindingBrooke

    FindingBrooke says:

    Congrats! Love the colors! Especially in the floral paintings!

    2 years ago

  • lizdezign

    lizdezign says:

    Your work is very inspiring as is your story. Thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • mytinystudio

    mytinystudio says:

    Congratulations !!!! You know how much I love your art !!!

    2 years ago

  • SharonFosterArt

    SharonFosterArt says:

    Yeah! A painter and a wonderful painter, at that. So gorgeous! Linda - love your palette, your colors and work. Wish you much more success!

    2 years ago

  • sabiesabi

    sabiesabi says:

    your story is an inspiration for me! thank you for share it!

    2 years ago

  • LaughRabbitDesigns

    LaughRabbitDesigns says:

    great article - and great colors!

    2 years ago

  • inblackink

    inblackink says:

    I wanted to thank you for sharing a picture of your work space. In a 1000 words or less, it's inspiring and reassuring!

    2 years ago

  • funkomavintage

    funkomavintage says:

    How delightful to see an experienced human being ! Your art is cheery and thoughtful. It is so important, that creativity is.....it's my life too ! Congratulations for becoming an etsy featured seller...

    2 years ago

  • RareDesign

    RareDesign says:

    Congrats!!

    2 years ago

  • seaglassvintage

    seaglassvintage says:

    Love your paintings!!!!

    2 years ago

  • marysworkshop

    marysworkshop says:

    Such a delightful peak into your artistic world, Linda! Congratulations on the great feature article, and wishing you many happy days painting.

    2 years ago

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather says:

    Your work is simply incredible! Love the energy and color in your paintings. Congrats on your feature! I loved reading your story. :)

    2 years ago

  • anotherghostquilts

    anotherghostquilts says:

    Nice interview. Lovely shop. Best of luck!

    2 years ago

  • HumdingColors

    HumdingColors says:

    congratulations! I love the paintings of flower bunches & nudes you have done :)

    2 years ago

  • LizzyClara

    LizzyClara says:

    I've loved your work since I first spied it! All the best to you Dale

    2 years ago

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky says:

    Your work is gorgeous! You absolutely deserve this feature :) congrats!

    2 years ago

  • acuriousbrood

    acuriousbrood says:

    Thanks for sharing your journey thus far as an artist. Enjoyable.

    2 years ago

  • ChasingtheCrayon

    ChasingtheCrayon says:

    Beautiful work Linda All the best!

    2 years ago

  • HouseOfSugarDarlings

    HouseOfSugarDarlings says:

    My first time commenting on a featured seller....You've definitely chosen the right path! Your story is very inspiring, Linda! All the best!

    2 years ago

  • PaintedAbstractions

    PaintedAbstractions says:

    I'm so glad to see you in the feature. I watch your work more than any artist on Etsy. I'm so glad to be a part of world even though we've never met! Your compositions and color schemes inspire me to expand my repetoire.

    2 years ago

  • MollysRidge

    MollysRidge says:

    Super interesting interview! I can relate to just about everything she's said, and I find it so inspiring....I may even (finally) get myself together because of this one! Great work, and congratulations on sticking to what you've always known you've loved!

    2 years ago

  • MiaLorenBoutique

    MiaLorenBoutique says:

    Amazing work Linda, wonderful interview... I am sure that one day you will find what you are looking for ♥ Congrats on FS!

    2 years ago

  • bsasik

    bsasik says:

    Congrats on being featured. I remember your work from ebay. Way to go!!

    2 years ago

  • beliz82

    beliz82 says:

    Beautiful shop !!! Congrats !!

    2 years ago

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen says:

    Linda, you are an inspiration and I've long been a fan of your work. Cheers to you and thanks for sharing your story!

    2 years ago

  • MadrigalEmbroidery

    MadrigalEmbroidery says:

    Great! Congratulations! An Artist as a Featured Seller! cheers, carla

    2 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • Artulia

    Artulia says:

    Congrats! love the vibrant color in your paintings! Beautiful!

    2 years ago

  • lacegrl130

    lacegrl130 says:

    Wonderful article! Your paintings are lovely. Good luck and congratulations on your success!

    2 years ago

  • tiarasnbows

    tiarasnbows says:

    CONGRATS! Beautiful paintings! :)

    2 years ago

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos says:

    Congratulations!! I love your story and your artwork! You are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing!!!

    2 years ago

  • PomLove

    PomLove says:

    great article! beautiful work... congrats!

    2 years ago

  • RachelBollmanDesign

    RachelBollmanDesign says:

    Amazing, beautiful colors! Love the contrast of bright (reds) and natural (greens and browns). Congratulations on your feature!

    2 years ago

  • theowlshop

    theowlshop says:

    Love your story! and especially love your artwork! Congratulations on the Feature!

    2 years ago

  • olimaxsoap

    olimaxsoap says:

    Congratulations. Beautiful work!

    2 years ago

  • mattjohnsondesigns

    mattjohnsondesigns says:

    I love reading an interview with someone who actually has made a living being an artist! Being a "career" artist is such a difficult road to embark on, and with so much uncertainty...it's really great to hear that you can come out the other end intact, succesful and happy. Great interview.

    2 years ago

  • bellaoceana

    bellaoceana says:

    Wonderful colors and inspiration! Your paintings are beautiful Linda. May all your dreams come true!

    2 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Such beautiful work! Love it! Congrats on the FS!! =)

    2 years ago

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas says:

    I love your paintings!

    2 years ago

  • JeanRameyArt

    JeanRameyArt says:

    Very inspirational! I love how you told the whole story of how you got to where you are. Your work is beautiful!

    2 years ago

  • owlgypsy

    owlgypsy says:

    Congrats! I love your art! Beautiful!

    2 years ago

  • needleyou

    needleyou says:

    Beautiful paintings! Congratualtions & much success to you.

    2 years ago

  • PeaceStitchStudio

    PeaceStitchStudio says:

    Amazing work and talent!! I just love it! Thanks for the great interview! Keep On Paintin'! Best wishes!

    2 years ago

  • KutzEurope

    KutzEurope says:

    Congratulations! Your work is brilliant!

    2 years ago

  • nenafaye

    nenafaye says:

    Your paintings are stunning, they bring such happiness just looking at them, I can only imagine owning one. You are very gifted and I am so glad to see you as the featured artist!

    2 years ago

  • vinskord

    vinskord says:

    Your work is lovely! Congrats on the feature!

    2 years ago

  • dorijenn

    dorijenn says:

    I absolutely adore your work!!! I wish you continued success, Linda!

    2 years ago

  • GrandOldTimes

    GrandOldTimes says:

    Your paintings are lovely, keep up your fine creativity.

    2 years ago

  • pineconevintage

    pineconevintage says:

    Beautiful paintings--very inspiring!

    2 years ago

  • MarilynsMedley

    MarilynsMedley says:

    Love you work and you are very inspiring

    2 years ago

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts says:

    Beautiful work! What a gift-congrats on the feature and best wishes for continued success (and that little cabin in the woods!)

    2 years ago

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson says:

    You have an absolutely amazing body of work, and I really loved reading your interview! Wishing you continued success and congratulations on becoming a featured seller!

    2 years ago

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye says:

    Hurray! I'd love to see more features like this on "senior" creatives, who are holding their own in the Etsian sea of "spring chickens". Linda's work is luscious! We "old dogs" CAN learn new tricks (like the internet and photoshop) and have so much to offer!!!!

    2 years ago

  • pagepottery

    pagepottery says:

    Yay! love your work :) Good luck!

    2 years ago

  • kiamichi7

    kiamichi7 says:

    Here's to your creative gifts and vibrant colors continuing to flourish...tenfold!

    2 years ago

  • Clayshapes

    Clayshapes says:

    Great to know more about this wonderful artist. Years ago I bought one of her beautiful paintings on another internet site -- and was delighted to find her here on Etsy when I opened my own shop last winter. It's a small world. Her painting is hanging in my living room and many people ask me where I got it. They are always astounded when I say "on the internet"!

    2 years ago

  • ThePaperedCrown

    ThePaperedCrown says:

    my new favorite shop... love!!!

    2 years ago

  • MIDEZINES

    MIDEZINES says:

    Congrats to you Linda!! :) What a wonderful and inspiring story- What wonderful and amazing artist you are. Love your gift.. Love your art!

    2 years ago

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection says:

    Congratulations. You are a beautiful painter. I love your flower paintings.

    2 years ago

  • PastMadePresent

    PastMadePresent says:

    Absolutely Beautiful!! Congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • lindamonfort

    lindamonfort says:

    Wow, I have to say I am overwhelmed by all of the wonderful comments about my story and my art. Thank you sooooooo much to all who have taken time out of their busy day to leave a bit of praise and etsy 'love'!! I hope I have inspired some of you who haven't already taken the etsy plunge to do so. :)

    2 years ago

  • LichenStudio

    LichenStudio says:

    I've absolutely no doubt that in ten years you'll be exactly where you want to be, and for now, you are exactly where you're supposed to be :) Beautiful work!

    2 years ago

  • LycheeKiss

    LycheeKiss says:

    Wow Linda, love all your paintings. Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • devikasart

    devikasart says:

    Great work Linda..SO HAPPY to see fine art featured:-) devika

    2 years ago

  • swedishT

    swedishT says:

    I LOVE this! It just shows that creativity is endless. Painting, designing, sewing - it is all in the life of a true artist. I feel revived reading this. Thank you so much,

    2 years ago

  • teatimeandroses

    teatimeandroses says:

    Totally Inspiring!! I too am a senior that does not feel like it! Lovely interview indeed! Smiles....

    2 years ago

  • AnnikaLane

    AnnikaLane says:

    Loved to learn more about the woman behind the work... Your shop has been a favorite of mine for a while, and I often drop in to see what new works are in your shop. I totally relate to the "other plane" comment when you are into the painting zone - it is a beautiful feeling! Congrats & I hope your art takes you some wonderful places... :)

    2 years ago

  • CindyTurnerDesigns

    CindyTurnerDesigns says:

    Inspirational story. Great interview. Lovely paintings. Vincent Van Gogh is my favorite, too.

    2 years ago

  • manzanitakids

    manzanitakids says:

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story and great sense of humor! Beautiful work.

    2 years ago

  • artdestiny

    artdestiny says:

    I admire you for the 'keep on keeping on" as my mother used to say ... all us artists have struggled for 'art's sake' in some form or other. Thanks for sharing your innermost thoughts and feelings. It's encouraging.

    2 years ago

  • TDNCreations

    TDNCreations says:

    Lovely story! And beautiful work! Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • Visuaria

    Visuaria says:

    Wonderful color!

    2 years ago

  • CharmingIsabella

    CharmingIsabella says:

    OMG, your paintings are wonderful! I could cry, they are so beautiful....

    2 years ago

  • lauraprill

    lauraprill says:

    Thanks for featuring a fine artist who has had such rich experiences in art and life. It is inspirational to read her story and even more so to see her extraordinary work! Congrats Linda!

    2 years ago

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects says:

    A wonderful story of your life. You are an inspiration!

    2 years ago

  • barnheart

    barnheart says:

    I look at your shop all the time! Your shop among others was an inspiration for me to get a shop started on etsy. I can't thank you enough!

    2 years ago

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt says:

    you are an inspiration .. your work is lovely .. so happy you are a featured seller

    2 years ago

  • EssentialVintage

    EssentialVintage says:

    great story, thanks for sharing

    2 years ago

  • luckyrosiescreations

    luckyrosiescreations says:

    lovely art work and a great interview

    2 years ago

  • thehouseofhemp

    thehouseofhemp says:

    beautiful paintings, congrats :)

    2 years ago

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 says:

    Wonderful cameo and great body of work! So refreshing to see an artist featured who isn't 30-something or under and has experienced a full gamut of life's joys and vicissitudes. Best wishes.

    2 years ago

  • itselemental

    itselemental says:

    Love the impressionist flavor of your work... sooo lovely! Continued success to you!

    2 years ago

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy says:

    love your shop!

    2 years ago

  • StudioMeco

    StudioMeco says:

    Fascinating story, lovely studio and beautiful art work!

    2 years ago

  • Vintage2NewJewelry

    Vintage2NewJewelry says:

    Absolutely stunning work! Love the bright colors. Thanks so much for sharing your story.

    2 years ago

  • MollyMorpheus

    MollyMorpheus says:

    Lovely story, may good luck be with you.

    2 years ago

  • FAIRYTALE13

    FAIRYTALE13 says:

    Your pix are so rich and beautiful - I think they would make amazing fabric prints - your colours combinations are sublime - Congrats on FS - Happy Etsying to all.

    2 years ago

  • maclancy

    maclancy says:

    as an artist over 60 I can completely relate to the music full blast and all the inspirational teachers. I love your free style and also am a huge Vincent fan! Congratulations on your art~your life and the feature! I am thrilled to see Etsy showcase all age groups and more artists! Keep going and good luck on the cabin and guy!

    2 years ago

  • LilAntFace

    LilAntFace says:

    lovely and inspirational... congratulations in your feature!

    2 years ago

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 says:

    totally beyond thrilled to see a painter featured! Congratulations and this was a joy to read :)

    2 years ago

  • BlissfullyRandom

    BlissfullyRandom says:

    Absolutely love your work!!! So fearless and alive with color!!! Great interview, thanks for sharing! Here's to your fabulous cabin, wonderful guy and music playing full blast!!!

    2 years ago

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree says:

    Your work is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your story! Congratulations on being featured!

    2 years ago

  • jamieribisi

    jamieribisi says:

    Congrats on the feature, Linda! Very nice to see another painter featured on Etsy-- your work is wonderful!

    2 years ago

  • shannonvall

    shannonvall says:

    Great interview, Linda! Best of luck to you.

    2 years ago

  • Peachygirl

    Peachygirl says:

    I love it when an artisan recognizes & appreciates those in their past who served as an inspiration to them whether by their example or by their support & encouragement. I applaud your gift of creativity, the beauty of the art that comes from that gift and for the bravery you show in living your life each day surrounded by friends and family. Thank you for sharing your gift with the rest of us.

    2 years ago

  • DeniseUnlimited

    DeniseUnlimited says:

    I loved your interview! Congratulations on being featured. Your work is beautiful, I love the colors you use.

    2 years ago

  • CashmereJewels

    CashmereJewels says:

    Amazing! congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • TheFertileGarden

    TheFertileGarden says:

    Beautiful work! Enjoyed reading your story! :)

    2 years ago

  • MarthyMay

    MarthyMay says:

    Beautiful to see a painter featured and to find one that makes a living doing what she loves! Congrats and best of luck in getting your cabin!

    2 years ago

  • AnneCarrozzaFineArt

    AnneCarrozzaFineArt says:

    Enjoyed your interview. Congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • silverridgestudio

    silverridgestudio says:

    Congratulations on the feature Linda. It is wonderful to see a painter featured and I am especially touched that you are out there making a living as an artist! Its a struggle I know, but living such a life is almost too joyful to put in words. I love your color sense it being one one of my own passions. All the best to you and may your wishes come true.

    2 years ago

  • asileoriginals

    asileoriginals says:

    I love Vincent Can Gogh also! I enjoyed your interview and your work is beautiful, congratulations!

    2 years ago

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  • PoodlePoddles

    PoodlePoddles says:

    Congratulations on the feature! Great shop and interview :)

    2 years ago

  • Linsartwork

    Linsartwork says:

    Congrats on the interview. Its great to hear about how other artists work and what drives them. I too am a senior citizen (god where did the time go!!!) and grandmother and have been an artist since I was 8 years old. I love your work.So free and flowing. Great Job!! Linda

    2 years ago

  • vwghiagirl

    vwghiagirl says:

    Inspiring & feel the same way about art & the process...time seems to stand still & the creativity takes over most of the time with only a very limited idea as to where I will end up with most projects~Love your paintings~

    2 years ago

  • MeganMerah

    MeganMerah says:

    Such an inspiring life story. Your art is so incredibly unique; please keep doing what you do!

    2 years ago

  • StarryNightStudios99

    StarryNightStudios99 says:

    Congratulations on becoming a featured seller here on Etsy - I've admired your beautiful work for years on another internet site! As you can see by the name of my Etsy shop, I love Vincent Van Gogh too. Thanks for being an inspiration, creativity will keep you young. The most creative person I know is a 93 year old artist (neighbor), she will leave this world with a paint brush in her hand. Keep up the great work, I hope to own one of your paintings some day!

    2 years ago

  • beachseacrafts

    beachseacrafts says:

    congrats on being featured. Love your art

    2 years ago

  • AustinJames

    AustinJames says:

    Your work is beautiful...I also love Vincent VanGogh! : )

    2 years ago

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear says:

    Congrats Linda! I too have admired your work for quite some time. I have favourite some of your work and hope to have them one day! Best wishes for many successes!

    2 years ago

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage says:

    Your work is very pretty and the article is great. Thank you for your thoughts.

    2 years ago

  • soveryhappyart

    soveryhappyart says:

    Fabulous interview...thanks for your honesty and beautiful work!

    2 years ago

  • honeycup

    honeycup says:

    Your work is stunning. I really love it. Very modern and contemporary. Love your interview too.

    2 years ago

  • JewelsbyJasmin

    JewelsbyJasmin says:

    Lovely work! Congrats on the interview~

    2 years ago

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana says:

    Beautiful work! Congrats on your feature!

    2 years ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns says:

    Linda your art is so beautiful. You gave such a good and very inspiring interview. You are truly blessed and thank you for inspiring others.

    2 years ago

  • teonova

    teonova says:

    I bought one of Linda's paintings a number of years ago, before she was even on Etsy. It hangs on the wall behind my computer desk, where I see it constantly, and it never fails to please my eye and spirit. I love it just as much as the day it arrived... ehich is alot! Thank you Linda!!

    2 years ago

  • galleryzooart

    galleryzooart says:

    So thrilling to see a painter featured here! You have such an inspiring story and it is wonderful to know you are following your heart and staying true to your creative self. Best of luck in all that you do, Linda!

    2 years ago

  • vintagegirldezigns

    vintagegirldezigns says:

    Very talented and lovely work! Wishing you continued success.

    2 years ago

  • SpiceofLifeDesigns

    SpiceofLifeDesigns says:

    Fabulous! Congrats and best wishes for continued success!

    2 years ago

  • ElloPoppetBeauty

    ElloPoppetBeauty says:

    Lovely artwork.. happy you shared your story! :)

    2 years ago

  • TheTaTaShoppe

    TheTaTaShoppe says:

    Now that was an inspiring and uplifting story! Good luck to you and hope your dreams of the cabin-and guy-comes true!

    2 years ago

  • MDaisleyMoffitt

    MDaisleyMoffitt says:

    So happy to see you featured! I truly love your work : )

    2 years ago

  • vsc83

    vsc83 says:

    I can resonate with this interview on so many levels. Fantastic! Love your work and attitude! :)

    2 years ago

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet says:

    I've been an admirer of your art for a while now. Congratulations on this well deserved feature!:)

    2 years ago

  • jillybeangreetings

    jillybeangreetings says:

    Very inspiring! :)

    2 years ago

  • LiddoKiddo

    LiddoKiddo says:

    I love your work!! and this was very inspiring.. You remind me of me in a way... I admire you!! Congrats on being featured!!! Millions to You!!! and Good Luck!! =D

    2 years ago

  • LiddoKiddo

    LiddoKiddo says:

    I love your art work..... and you inspire me, because you remind me of me in a way... Millions to you and Good Luck!!!! Congrats on being featured =D

    2 years ago

  • alicejdesign

    alicejdesign says:

    I have a lot of things common with you, like I studied fashion and graphic design when I was in college. Now I want to paint this point of my life. Your story is so inspiring to me. Thank you and I really enjoyed reading your article.

    2 years ago

  • pineappleaisle

    pineappleaisle says:

    You are one of my first favorites and I'm glad to see you featured. Like you, I love color which is partly influenced by my childhood. Your work has been consistently just beautiful to me! Happy painting!!

    2 years ago

  • sedwickpaints

    sedwickpaints says:

    Great interview! Your work is lovely.

    2 years ago

  • 1beadweaver

    1beadweaver says:

    Congrats on your feature. Great story, great journey, and great continued effort to have art be your work. I may have missed features of artist over 40 years of age, but they have been few a very far between if at all here on Etsy. I'm so glad to see your work and you featured. You go girl.

    2 years ago

  • Inkrements

    Inkrements says:

    Your paintings are so wonderful and expressive! I love them.

    2 years ago

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth says:

    Absolutely delighted to see a true and real, educated, fine artist here. I was beginning to wonder when, or if it would happen... and then voila ! Congratulations and all the best to you in your future artistic endeavors.

    2 years ago

  • ellab475

    ellab475 says:

    you are an inspiration. you sound like a kindred spirit. i wish you much luck. and nyc could always use another fantastic artist, especially someone like you, who is young at heart. congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • RedbirdCottageArt

    RedbirdCottageArt says:

    Your paintings are so colorful and full of life - very inspirational interview. Congratulations on your feature and thank you for sharing your story.

    2 years ago

  • crystalempress

    crystalempress says:

    Very honest and inspiring interview. Love your work especially your floral paintings!

    2 years ago

  • Trenza

    Trenza says:

    YAYAYAYAY Linda! Congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • kerriblackmanfineart

    kerriblackmanfineart says:

    Wonderful interview! I've long admired your paintings. :)

    2 years ago

  • kerriblackmanfineart

    kerriblackmanfineart says:

    Wonderful interview! I have long admired your painting. :)

    2 years ago

  • shaylen303

    shaylen303 says:

    Your art is exquisite. And I loved the story behind it even more. Congrats on the feature. : )

    2 years ago

  • shaylen303

    shaylen303 says:

    Love your art. & loved your story even more. Congrats on the feature. : )

    2 years ago

  • kararane

    kararane says:

    congratulations Linda. You are truly an inspiring & successful woman...I am so happy to know your story and the fact that you never gave up being an artist..Beautiful.

    2 years ago

  • SilverandEarth

    SilverandEarth says:

    Congrats on your feature! Best of luck to you always!

    2 years ago

  • MegExpressions

    MegExpressions says:

    thanks for sharing your lovely story Linda. Really liked to read about your creative process.

    2 years ago

  • TutusChic

    TutusChic says:

    Your work and story are inspiring to me. Thank you for sharing. I used to paint and always have loved color~ you have such a gift!

    2 years ago

  • annyschoo

    annyschoo says:

    love the color mix in your painting. wonderful photos of your studio. I love painting and wish someday I can have a little painting area of my own.. great story! congrats!

    2 years ago

  • elsahats

    elsahats says:

    what a hearful article!

    2 years ago

  • rachelungerjewelry

    rachelungerjewelry says:

    i have long admired your work and pine away often for your paintings... one day! wonderful interview too!

    2 years ago

  • plus1stefana

    plus1stefana says:

    I love your work! You've always been one of my favorite artists here on Etsy. It' so great to see this feature. Congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • GreenGardenStamps

    GreenGardenStamps says:

    Love your work Linda! So great to get to know a bit more about you. Way to go Etsy for featuring a fine artist!

    2 years ago

  • seaoats

    seaoats says:

    i really enjoyed reading your interview. you have a beautiful shop...congrats!

    2 years ago

  • PattieJansen

    PattieJansen says:

    YAY for your long and varied career of creativity and for still carrying on magnificently! A hearty and heartfelt congrats on being featured seller. Your story is amazing and inspiring. LOVE your colors and the freshness of your brushstrokes...Wishing you many, many happy hours of painting bliss :)

    2 years ago

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl says:

    what a great interview and lovely work! so wonderful that you've been featured. congratulations :-)

    2 years ago

  • EmeraldCut

    EmeraldCut says:

    Beautiful abstract paintings and inspirational interview! So glad to see you as the Featured Seller.

    2 years ago

  • MicheleTG

    MicheleTG says:

    If you love Vincent Van Gogh check out the historical fiction novel Sunflowers by Sheramy Bundrick. Its a wonderful read.

    2 years ago

  • twaniahayesthompson

    twaniahayesthompson says:

    I enjoyed reading your story and I like your art. You have giving me hope for the future. Keep up the good work.

    2 years ago

  • MicheleTG

    MicheleTG says:

    If you love Vincent Van Gogh you have to check out the historical fiction novel Sunflowers by Sheramy Bundrick. It is a wonderful read.

    2 years ago

  • HenrietteWhite

    HenrietteWhite says:

    Love your work! The colors are just so wonderful!

    2 years ago

  • MarieVaughnDesign

    MarieVaughnDesign says:

    Great story! :) I especially love your abstract work !!

    2 years ago

  • artfields

    artfields says:

    Congrats on the feature Linda! I love your use of color! And I'm so glad to see a fine artist and a senior citizen as a featured artist on etsy!

    2 years ago

  • bigbluebed

    bigbluebed says:

    Great work and I loved reading your interview.

    2 years ago

  • lindadonohue

    lindadonohue says:

    Congratulations Linda. I really admire your art and I'm happy for your interview.

    2 years ago

  • FannieNarte

    FannieNarte says:

    I really enjoyed learning about your history and artful life. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations on the feature. Headed to your shop . . . ♥♫♥

    2 years ago

  • bernabermek

    bernabermek says:

    congratssss!!!

    2 years ago

  • OscarDeanPhotography

    OscarDeanPhotography says:

    Congrats on being a featured seller!

    2 years ago

  • ARabbitNamedMolecule

    ARabbitNamedMolecule says:

    You're an absolute inspiration! Love the interview and congratulations for being chosen as etsy featured seller. You deserve it!

    2 years ago

  • ahelpinghandbag

    ahelpinghandbag says:

    Your paintings are beautiful. "Using the gift God gave me" is why we are here!

    2 years ago

  • FreshlySkweezed

    FreshlySkweezed says:

    "Above ground." That's a good one! You're fun AND talented. Go Linda! Here's hoping you get your dream of that cabin in the woods (with some lucky guy!) Congrats on your feature!

    2 years ago

  • lauratrevey

    lauratrevey says:

    Hi Linda!! You have always been one of my favorite artists on Etsy, and I am thrilled for you to have this amazing feature! Keep up the great work ~ your paintings are fresh, vibrant and so pleasing to the eye. xoxo Laura

    2 years ago

  • CarolSchiffStudio

    CarolSchiffStudio says:

    Congratulations Linda, on a fabulous interview! I have been an admirer of your work every since I found you on Etsy. I am also thrilled to see a 2-D artist featured on the blog!!

    2 years ago

  • heronkate

    heronkate says:

    Linda, I loved reading your interview and seeing your studio - and I love your work. I too am a senior citizen and a former graphic designer who was pushed out by technology after I raised my son. Then I did faux finishing on peoples walls until the recession, so now I'm painting too, my living room is my studio. Good luck in finding the log cabin [one with big windows] and the nice guy!

    2 years ago

  • heronkate

    heronkate says:

    And how super to see a fine artist featured here!!!!

    2 years ago

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField says:

    Interesting paintings

    2 years ago

  • TheIndianPaperForest

    TheIndianPaperForest says:

    Congrats Linda :) Loved reading your interview and seeing your beautiful paintings with their gorgeous mix of colors. Wishing you continued success, joy and inspiration in this fabulous journey! Warmly, Suzanne

    2 years ago

  • margosoriginals

    margosoriginals says:

    I've been following your shop since I first started on Etsy, congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • betsybensen

    betsybensen says:

    Linda, I'm so delighted to read a featured seller interview of someone over 40!!! Your work is lovely... Thank you etsy for adding Linda to your line up, it's about time!

    2 years ago

  • cassandrastephanie

    cassandrastephanie says:

    Congrats on the feature. I love reading where artists get their inspiration, and that year in Japan sounds just full of wonderful imagery.

    2 years ago

  • glasfaden

    glasfaden says:

    Your paintings are lovely, as well as your story. Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking says:

    I so love your work Linda............. and so so happy to see it is your 'work ! ' I would love to give up my day job and create ! Every best wish to you ! Olive X

    2 years ago

  • loribiebel

    loribiebel says:

    Linda, Your paintings and talented gift will light up any room! I wish you many days of inspiration and delight. Thanks for sharing your story.

    2 years ago

  • ClassicStyleDesigns

    ClassicStyleDesigns says:

    I really enjoy looking at your beautiful paintings- very creative. You have such a great attitude. Congratulations on the feature!

    2 years ago

  • MemoriesOfTheSea

    MemoriesOfTheSea says:

    An inspiration to other artists!

    2 years ago

  • CrowStarDesigns

    CrowStarDesigns says:

    Congratulations--your paintings are beautiful & your story an inspiration. Thank you for sharing <3

    2 years ago

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights says:

    Thank you for sharing your story with us! It's so inspiring to see a fine art painter on Etsy! Your work is so beautiful, fresh and dynamic.

    2 years ago

  • thoughtfullyadorned

    thoughtfullyadorned says:

    I love your story, love your use of color! Refreshing and cheerful! Good Luck and congrats on this feature!!!

    2 years ago

  • WeeHoursCreations

    WeeHoursCreations says:

    Your paintings are so beautiful. Looks like you are up to your elbows in paint and bliss every day! Congratulations.

    2 years ago

  • animalcracker

    animalcracker says:

    Congratulations - your work is beautiful and your story is inspiring!

    2 years ago

  • Fingerprince

    Fingerprince says:

    You really are an inspiration! Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • thepillowgallery

    thepillowgallery says:

    I LOVE your work- (was already an admirer :)

    2 years ago

  • theartofobservation

    theartofobservation says:

    Hi Linda, I've visited your online shop more than once, I really like your paintings! I was happy to see that you are a featured seller. Great interview, and congratulations! Marianne

    2 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Congrats on a well deserved feature.

    2 years ago

  • TheArtsyGirlStudio

    TheArtsyGirlStudio says:

    Really enjoyed reading about you, and seeing your beautiful paintings. Congratulations on being a featured seller~

    2 years ago

  • pierrmorgan

    pierrmorgan says:

    Whoo-hoo! Wonderful interview - determined spirit. Your paintings are luscious. Here's to more and more of them out in the world.

    2 years ago

  • Officeboy01

    Officeboy01 says:

    Interesting story, I like the color display. Will have to hold out until Monday to see my art supplies again.

    2 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry says:

    What a great interview! I had to laugh at the part about you and your friend designing a mosaic in the front of the classroom "while the rest of the students were slaving away." Ah, yes! The secret powers of art! Best of luck to you! Your work is beautiful!

    2 years ago

  • TheLizardFactory

    TheLizardFactory says:

    Your paintings are beautiful! You are truly an inspiration to all of us who aspire to live creative lives!

    2 years ago

  • HippieMade

    HippieMade says:

    So inspiring! Beautiful Work

    2 years ago

  • tiltomorrow

    tiltomorrow says:

    I have 12 art shows to attend. Looking forward to all the art displays.

    2 years ago

  • HardlySimpleDesigns

    HardlySimpleDesigns says:

    Linda, your paintings are gorgeous! I was shocked to see acrylic paints in your studio pictures, the texture and brightness of your paintings look like oil paint. I'm a fellow acrylic painter, and your work is so inspiring! Thank you! :)

    2 years ago

  • amytrimble

    amytrimble says:

    Beautiful ! Truly God given.

    2 years ago

  • tiltomorrow

    tiltomorrow says:

    Screenprinting-craft-night-at-gowns-print/lab blog might be of interest.

    2 years ago

  • FruitOfMyHands

    FruitOfMyHands says:

    NIce work. I hope your dreams come true.

    2 years ago

  • aFineColorMess

    aFineColorMess says:

    Congratulations on the feature... I loved reading the interview - peeking into a fine art studio is always great, but i especially enhoyed your feature because all of your comments seemed so genuine, unrehearsed and from the hip.

    2 years ago

  • aFineColorMess

    aFineColorMess says:

    congratulations on the feature! i loved reading the interview; most especially because all of your comments seemed totally genuine, unrehearsed and from the hip...not always easy to do!

    2 years ago

  • lovinffhmusic

    lovinffhmusic says:

    I LOVE your abstract pieces!

    2 years ago

  • belou492

    belou492 says:

    Such a wonderful story! Very interesting and uplifting. Thanks so much and congrats on the feature. LOVE your work!

    2 years ago

  • MostlyBlackAndWhite

    MostlyBlackAndWhite says:

    Linda -congratulations! I love your abstract paintings. It is good to see that Etsy is a place for all ages artists..... ~~~~~~Thank you for sharing your story~~~~~~~

    2 years ago

  • odelay03

    odelay03 says:

    Yay! Not only are you a wonderful painter, but it is lovely to see people across the lifespan being featured on the front page of Etsy!

    2 years ago

  • PhotoLarks

    PhotoLarks says:

    Pretty work! I love your paint table too. Makes me want to dive right in and create.

    2 years ago

  • MissPattisAttic

    MissPattisAttic says:

    Thank you Linda for sharing your life and shop with all of us. I have visited your shop many times and have loved your work since the first time I saw it. You really do have a gift! Good luck with your shop on Etsy.

    2 years ago

  • ChristinaRomeo

    ChristinaRomeo says:

    Great shop!

    2 years ago

  • andralynn

    andralynn says:

    Gorgeous work. There is such a fluid grace to your paintings.

    2 years ago

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony says:

    LOVe! congratulations on the feature :)

    2 years ago

  • IslandFelt

    IslandFelt says:

    Congratulations on being featured- your paintings are beautiful. It is such a pleasure to see this kind of amazing work that comes out of a lifetime of love and dedication.

    2 years ago

  • lulusnest

    lulusnest says:

    Beautiful artwork! Congrats on being featured too!

    2 years ago

  • LaTouchables

    LaTouchables says:

    I love your abstract paintings as well as the impressionist ones--they are gorgeous! I'm so happy to have read your interview!

    2 years ago

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    KKSimpleRegalJewelry says:

    Very interesting! ~KK~

    2 years ago

  • ShirleyArt

    ShirleyArt says:

    I love Linda's art! Wonderful interview - and I am thrilled to see a fine artist featured here. Congrats Linda!!!!

    2 years ago

  • ohjustjess

    ohjustjess says:

    really enjoyed this lovely interview! what a wonderful seller, thank you for sharing your story ;)

    2 years ago

  • dlccreations2011

    dlccreations2011 says:

    Beautiful work!! I too hope to use the gift God gave me! I wish you could have seen the sunset we had last night! Inspirational to say the least!! Bright gorgeous oranges and pinks and in the distance you could see the rain falling from the clouds. So it was a deep, rich, blue, purple raining over the hot pinks and oranges...wow! I'd love to see what you would do with that on canvas!! It was incredible!! congrats on being featured!!

    2 years ago

  • Critterstop

    Critterstop says:

    what a life. what an adventure :) congratulations Linda!

    2 years ago

  • kalilainesquared

    kalilainesquared says:

    Congrats! Well deserved feature!

    2 years ago

  • wishesonwings

    wishesonwings says:

    I absolutely love your work!! Beautiful!!

    2 years ago

  • TrudysPaintedLadies

    TrudysPaintedLadies says:

    Also thrilled to see a Fine Artist featured..Your work is fabulous..just breath taking. I wish my studio looked that organized..sigh Congrats! OK off to clean my studio...ugh..

    2 years ago

  • DaniCalve

    DaniCalve says:

    Love your vision for the abstract. Great art and wonderful interview.

    2 years ago

  • MussyandBirds

    MussyandBirds says:

    Your paintings are beautiful. Congratulations and continued success. You have been given a wonderful gift; from His hand to yours. Best wishes, Theresa and Jessica ....we are Van Gogh fans too.

    2 years ago

  • 63artlove

    63artlove says:

    Boy, your article was great and so inspiring.........just keep on going lady, that's the way to do it......I, too, pray to start painting and do what 'god' had in store for me - I'm probably the same age as you if not older and your article is a tremendous inspiration that it's never to late to do what floats your boat..Aloha to you from Diane in Maui.

    2 years ago

  • birchbaykay

    birchbaykay says:

    Insightful article, Linda. Glad to see the artwork of another woman of a certain age featured. I think it shows the diversity of arts being offered and purchased on Etsy.

    2 years ago

  • spitfaced

    spitfaced says:

    I really love your paintings. glad to see you featured!

    2 years ago

  • brigidmcnellis

    brigidmcnellis says:

    amazing artwork! love it.

    2 years ago

  • TheCrochetCafe

    TheCrochetCafe says:

    beautiful, congrats :)

    2 years ago

  • erinduquette

    erinduquette says:

    wonderful work, very instinctive and beautiful.

    2 years ago

  • Beaddles

    Beaddles says:

    Love the texture in your work!

    2 years ago

  • lilinspirations

    lilinspirations says:

    Beautiful work! Congrats on the feature.

    2 years ago

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar says:

    what a lovely feature, so glad to get to know you and your wonderful work. Also so glad to see a fine artist featured-hooorah!

    2 years ago

  • lizlangley

    lizlangley says:

    Lovely work! Thanks for sharing your story. I love to hear about how women balance their creative and family lives as it gives me hope I can do the same!

    2 years ago

  • blendastudio

    blendastudio says:

    Hoorah for Etsy Artists! So nice to have a chance to get to know you better, Linda...and to peek inside your studio at how you create your beautiful artwork.

    2 years ago

  • shanima

    shanima says:

    Linda, your work is awesome! I've faved a couple and am dreaming of owning a piece or two of yours asap! :)

    2 years ago

  • Suppliesjungle

    Suppliesjungle says:

    Nice work!! X) Congrats on the Feature. :)

    2 years ago

  • beadinbythesea

    beadinbythesea says:

    Wonderful interview and I love your vibrant colorful paintings! Congratulations on being the featured seller! I hope your dreams of the log cabin and the wonderful guy come true!

    2 years ago

  • Indiancolours

    Indiancolours says:

    really beautiful paintings.....You and your paintings are an inspiration!

    2 years ago

  • AMSkrafts

    AMSkrafts says:

    Beautiful work, and thank you for sharing your story! I especially love your abstract works; I am quite the fan. Good luck!

    2 years ago

  • ClaireCaudwell

    ClaireCaudwell says:

    Lovely interview and great stories from when you were younger. Fab paintings :)

    2 years ago

  • sparklinglotusdesign

    sparklinglotusdesign says:

    I enjoyed reading your interview and hearing the stories from your childhood. You definitely have a natural gift! Thank you for sharing your work with others. Blessings and I wish you the best!

    2 years ago

  • JodysVintage

    JodysVintage says:

    Love your work! I usually dont take the time to read the interview but I read yours! Thanks for sharing, I agree, use the gift God gave you!

    2 years ago

  • ChristineKrainock

    ChristineKrainock says:

    VERY INSPIRING! Good for you for pursuing what you love! I too live in Southern CA (Temecula), and because of some curve balls that life threw my way, I just recently left my stable career as a teacher to paint full time... it's scary at times, but I absolutely love painting and can't imagine not being able to create something new anytime I want to. Life is short, and I am really trying to focus on doing what Iove each day, -but you are right, it's not easy making a living in expensive SO CAL as an artist! :) Your art is beautiful, and your story of using the creative gift that you were given is so inspiring to me. Good luck to you! ~Christine

    2 years ago

  • gossamer531

    gossamer531 says:

    Wishing you the very, very best of luck in all aspects of your life. We also find ourselves in the "not young anymore" aspect of our lives and trying to make a living from our collective creative spirits! We have realized that we love working from home, love our bosses (ourselves and each other) and are working hard to make our lives work. It is a sometimes-scary, mostly-exciting time for all of us and I feel like, even in this discouraging economy, the sky is the limit for what we can accomplish!! Wishing you a bright and productive day, Betty

    2 years ago

  • LindaSuzStudios

    LindaSuzStudios says:

    LOVE your work! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. You are truly inspirational. Who can imagine a life without art? Congrats on the feature interview...Way to go girl!

    2 years ago

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle says:

    Very inspiring and I wish you all the best!!

    2 years ago

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry says:

    Great Article!!! Love your works!!! Best of luck and keep painting!!!

    2 years ago

  • greyedout

    greyedout says:

    Very cool! While your art isn't usually what I look for, I do like it, especially the abstracts. Congrats on being featured!

    2 years ago

  • calloohcallay

    calloohcallay says:

    Such beautiful work!

    2 years ago

  • anakim

    anakim says:

    What a delightful interview! your personality and art are beautiful Linda!

    2 years ago

  • sighfoo

    sighfoo says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. Your work is gorgeous!

    2 years ago

  • MidwestAlchemy

    MidwestAlchemy says:

    Fantastic...been following your work for quite a few years now!

    2 years ago

  • Archivia

    Archivia says:

    I love your story and it's so nice to see a fine artist featured in the Etsy blog. congratulations Linda! I love your fearless and bold style.

    2 years ago

  • MWsDesigns

    MWsDesigns says:

    I enjoyed the interview and love your work! Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • ginnyhuber

    ginnyhuber says:

    As another etsy "senior citizen" I am delighted to see you here. Congrats on the feature and all the best to you!

    2 years ago

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig says:

    Thank You! for Sharing linda. I Loved your interview, and Your Work! Best Wishes! tammy

    2 years ago

  • ArtdeJoie

    ArtdeJoie says:

    Love the nod to inspirational art teachers. Great article. Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • StillArt1

    StillArt1 says:

    I am over the moon that a painter has been featured! I don't think I have seen another painter before (since I have been on Etsy). I love Linda's art and I feel her kinship with Van Gogh too. I feel that he is perhaps my biggest influence too and I could stare and get close to his work for a very long time! This is very encouraging for other artists trying to find a place for themselves via Etsy too - Linda and Etsy! All the very best and success Linda!

    2 years ago

  • hollimoonart

    hollimoonart says:

    Dear Linda, You are a wonderful inspiration! Your art work is so beautiful and so happy. I too have had beautiful inspiring teachers and support... I am so grateful for. I am so glad to have found you today. I sure wish you all the best... and want to say congrats!!! Holli p.s Being a huge fan myself, I wanted to share a documentary on VIncent Van Gogh called ~ "Van Gogh a brush with genius" If you haven't seen it I am sure you will enjoy it! best H

    2 years ago

  • SewUpscale

    SewUpscale says:

    I was so excited to see someone named Linda as the featured artist since my name is also Linda and I know you are about my age. I usually don't read the featured artist article but I read yours with much interest. You are so very talented and I love your work.

    2 years ago

  • hawthornehill

    hawthornehill says:

    Great paintings!!!

    2 years ago

  • MissScattergood

    MissScattergood says:

    Linda! What amazing paintings! They made me stop in mid-scroll. I said, "Wow, who does THAT?!" What an inspiration, what lovely work. And you cover your belongings in plastic so that you can work! I should stop making excuses about not having enough room to paint and just do it. So glad I stumble across this post today.

    2 years ago

  • canvasart1

    canvasart1 says:

    What a wonderful talent you have! Best of luck to you.

    2 years ago

  • danadojewelry

    danadojewelry says:

    This is a great and inspiring story, congratulations, your work is beautiful.

    2 years ago

  • JessicaTorrant

    JessicaTorrant says:

    I adore Linda's powerful abstract paintings. Congrats on the feature and may you have many sales due to this great exposure!

    2 years ago

  • Faithart

    Faithart says:

    Linda, I am so happy for you that you are a featured seller on etsy today. I have loved your work for as long as i have discovered Etsy a few years ago. I feel like i know you. Good luck with all your wishes!

    2 years ago

  • colorsplashes

    colorsplashes says:

    Just found your work.....I really not on Etsy much, but I have been so inspired by your paintings. Congrats on your life as an artist!!!

    2 years ago

  • thewhatnaught

    thewhatnaught says:

    Your work is awesome Linda and I relate to many of the things that you said in your interview particularly about the creative process. It is usually just getting started that is the hardest part. Once the music is playing, the creativity flows. I think your painting are amazing and you are an inspiration.

    2 years ago

  • JMWSilver

    JMWSilver says:

    Very inspiring! Your work is wonderful!

    2 years ago

  • HeartsEase2

    HeartsEase2 says:

    I enjoyed reading your story Linda! Very similar to mine. I've been a full time watercolor artist for 20 years. Now that I'm a senior citizen I want to sell from home instead of traveling.

    2 years ago

  • EdensEndeavors

    EdensEndeavors says:

    I really enjoyed the first paragraph, maybe this sounds weird but I like to hear a little bit about the struggle of getting to where you're at as an artist. I guess I just appreciate the process and imperfections in life that contribute to art.

    2 years ago

  • dibabeads

    dibabeads says:

    what a wonderful featured artist! I love your sense of humor :) Congrats on the feature! Your work is fantastic.

    2 years ago

  • SamsPaintbrush

    SamsPaintbrush says:

    I've been a fan of your paintings for a while now. I love your choices in color and after reading your interview, I admire how you can go to your painting surface and just let the "process" take over! I too love to have music going while painting and get lost in the painting process! Your artwork is very impressive - as are you. Congratulations on your accomplishments - and wishes for many more.

    2 years ago

  • AdeloCreations

    AdeloCreations says:

    Very unique featured seller.I am glad that i discovered through ETSY your work and i love to know the story of you behind your wonderful paintings...Congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • Jlwhiddon

    Jlwhiddon says:

    Congratulations. It's so nice to see and enjoy your work. I love these articles so we can find other artists that inspire and interest us. You are very inspriing and I love your paintings. They are very beautiful. I look forward to seeing more of your inspiring works.

    2 years ago

  • violintide

    violintide says:

    Beautiful work! Congrats on the feature!

    2 years ago

  • Kamiann

    Kamiann says:

    Congratulations on the feature, Linda! I was so happy to see it. You were one of the very first shops I favorited this year when I joined Etsy. I hope to purchase one of your paintings some day. They're beautiful.

    2 years ago

  • volcanogirlcreations

    volcanogirlcreations says:

    What beautiful work, your color and design, sweet! I appreciate your comment and conviction about using the blessings we have been given! If only everybody, self included, could realize this key to happiness! Aloha, Connie

    2 years ago

  • agnestheowl

    agnestheowl says:

    Art 4 ever! Love the inspiring story and happy to learn that artists will not suffer of hanger after all :D!

    2 years ago

  • ConnieKSalesArt

    ConnieKSalesArt says:

    powerful and inspiring work. congratulations on being a featured seller! It is always great to learn more about the artist behind beautiful art...

    2 years ago

  • oneeyedgirls

    oneeyedgirls says:

    Congratulations Linda!! Beautiful Works! Very Inspiring:))

    2 years ago

  • conmismanos

    conmismanos says:

    Love the where you want to be in 10-above ground! Me too! Who says creativity doesn't bloom in our golden years...keep on trucking!!

    2 years ago

  • SloaneSiklos

    SloaneSiklos says:

    Wonderful story and really beautiful work. Also - what a wonderful summary - it is true that it is always a struggle to make a living as an artist, but I loved your reminder that it just is - if you have to create, then you have to create!

    2 years ago

  • landoflulu

    landoflulu says:

    I love your work! Thanks for sharing your story:) You're an inspiration to all of us who can't stop painting!

    2 years ago

  • BriannaBlueStudio

    BriannaBlueStudio says:

    Beautiful work, and what a lovely story. Please keep featuring a variety a artisans, Etsy! It's refreshing and inspiring to see features of sellers from a various backgrounds and life experience!

    2 years ago

  • moonpup

    moonpup says:

    Great feeling and energy to your work! I hope you find the guy, the cabin and enjoy many years above ground :)

    2 years ago

  • mycreativelife

    mycreativelife says:

    Congratulations! How exciting that you were featured. I proudly own one of your paintings, and absolutely love it.

    2 years ago

  • cnstark

    cnstark says:

    Great work, I have always admired your paintings via Etsy. Congrats on the feature, well deserved. Hope to own a painting sometime soon.

    2 years ago

  • InMaterial

    InMaterial says:

    The wisdom of your years shines through in this interview. What a refreshing interview and just goes to show you that age is all in the mind. Love your work.

    2 years ago

  • kim88rocks

    kim88rocks says:

    Loved this and it made my day! I too turn on the most eclectic range of music and it just takes me to another place and I create totally different things every time!

    2 years ago

  • bobbijordan

    bobbijordan says:

    Knew you were awesome--which is why I featured you in a treasury last week! Bravo Linda! Here's the treasury link http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NTIzODg3NXw2NzAxMzA2OTc/loving-color?ref=pr_treasury

    2 years ago

  • Jackphelpsstudio

    Jackphelpsstudio says:

    Great art work, inspiring story .

    2 years ago

  • jjbackman

    jjbackman says:

    Beautiful. Wish I was your neighbor and could get together for coffee and hear more. Everything feels so hard sometimes. My best to you :-)

    2 years ago

  • laurelsbylaurie

    laurelsbylaurie says:

    I love your story. Congratulations on the being featured seller. I study cloud formations too, lol. I am not a true fan of abstract painting but I absolutely ADORE your floral paintings....If only I had a few extra $$, I would invest in one of them. Much luck in the future. :)

    2 years ago

  • sweetandblue

    sweetandblue says:

    Thanks for sharing so much about yourself. Love the photo of your studio too.

    2 years ago

  • jpgphotography

    jpgphotography says:

    Wonderful expressionist work Linda! I too, live in Escondido. I will keep an eye out for your work, if I see them in local galleries. :)

    2 years ago

  • jpgphotography

    jpgphotography says:

    Wonderful expressionist work Linda! I too, live in Escondido. I will keep an eye out for your work in local galleries. :)

    2 years ago

  • godo

    godo says:

    brilliant

    2 years ago

  • ForYouDesign

    ForYouDesign says:

    congratulations! I love your art !

    2 years ago

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete says:

    What a beautiful dreamy quality you have to your work. Love your use of colour and the watercolor feel of your paintings. I am also a huge fan of Vincent Van Gogh and would have loved to watch him paint in the fields. Congrats on living your dreams, all the best and continued success!!!!

    2 years ago

  • melloizes

    melloizes says:

    I enjoyed reading this interview so much--Linda, you are very real and down-to-earth, and what a wealth of art experience and life experience you have, too. As a fellow painter, I am delighted to see a fine art painter featured here, finally. Your work is uniquely beautiful and uplifting. I hope you achieve that dream, and that you don't have to wait 10 years. : )

    2 years ago

  • ReallyCoolArt

    ReallyCoolArt says:

    What an inspiration! Thank you for your story. Love love love your work.

    2 years ago

  • sherischart

    sherischart says:

    You are Brillaint and Prolific as your favorite artist Vincent Van Gogh. Artfully, sheri

    2 years ago

  • modernbird

    modernbird says:

    L O V E D reading about you & your creative~ness, thanks for sharing.

    2 years ago

  • stonecraft

    stonecraft says:

    I'm a fan of Linda and her work!!!

    2 years ago

  • tammistinytreasures

    tammistinytreasures says:

    Wow, Linda! You do amazing work, and I love the colors and the depth of each piece! <3

    2 years ago

  • Gamut

    Gamut says:

    Well, thank goodness. I am so pleased to see someone over 50 featured. Thank you for sharing your journey with us and your paintings are alive! Blessings!

    2 years ago

  • TheDangleDiva

    TheDangleDiva says:

    Your work is lovely!

    2 years ago

  • kathartstudio

    kathartstudio says:

    Beautiful paintings and a wonderful story of your life's journey. Makes me want to get off the computer and pick up a brush again. Congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • Katkando

    Katkando says:

    Thank you so much for sharing so much about your personal life and about your growth as an artist. Your story and your work are inspiring! So good to see someone "our age" featured. Keep up the beautiful work. You are a special person and a gifted artist. It's great that you can earn a living selling your work. Fabulous! You are one of my heroes! Kat

    2 years ago

  • PaperArtists

    PaperArtists says:

    Wow, You really made me want to paint today! Nice story.

    2 years ago

  • lindamonfort

    lindamonfort says:

    Once again I would like to thank each and every etsyian who took the time to leave such heartfelt messages. I wish I had time to respond and thank each and every one of you. I feel like you all have wrapped me in a blanket of love. Thank you and bless you all!!

    2 years ago

  • lindamonfort

    lindamonfort says:

    Forgot to say, THANK YOU ETSY FOR GIVING ME THIS HONOR!! It has been a joyous experience! I do hope that you feature more of etsy's wonderful fine artists in the near future. :)

    2 years ago

  • scattyartist

    scattyartist says:

    You deserve it! Such a beautiful talent :0) So Joyful. Keep up the good work.

    2 years ago

  • art4ear

    art4ear says:

    I love your story and your vibrant colorful paintings. I wish you great success!

    2 years ago

  • BigHelmetHead

    BigHelmetHead says:

    Ms. Monfort, I've been admiring your beautiful work ever since I came upon your shop. The way you use forms and colors is simply fantastic. Love the "organized messiness" of your artist space ;) Thank you for sharing your inspiring story!

    2 years ago

  • 443Jewelry

    443Jewelry says:

    AMAZING paintings!!!! They are just beautiful... wow. Congrats on being the featured seller!

    2 years ago

  • jilldredge

    jilldredge says:

    It's great to see an article about an artist who paints!! I'm so glad to hear you are making money at it too, as that is difficult and even more so in this economy. Good for you and keep it up!

    2 years ago

  • tsheva

    tsheva says:

    You do such amazing work, I love everything in your shop! Grats on being a featured seller!

    2 years ago

  • UrbanVarieties

    UrbanVarieties says:

    I have always loved your work..I keep finding myself going back to your shop all the time!

    2 years ago

  • namedesignstudio

    namedesignstudio says:

    Congratulations! Your work is brilliant!loveeee

    2 years ago

  • MuseSilkPaintings

    MuseSilkPaintings says:

    I've been a fan for a while now - how did I miss this feature? Congrats to you, Linda! I love your work and relate to you on so many levels. From one so-cal girl to another - Happy Painting and wishing you continued success for your amazing creative shop!

    2 years ago

  • mattanandrakwang

    mattanandrakwang says:

    Love the color of your paintings Linda!

    2 years ago

  • MarieVaughnDesign

    MarieVaughnDesign says:

    I loved hearing about all of your different choices and experiences! I am a graphic designer that would love to dabble in the fashion industry. I only wish I had your awesome painting talent!!!

    2 years ago

  • BrittneyWest

    BrittneyWest says:

    Beautiful work and great read! thanks for sharing! "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." --Rumi

    2 years ago

  • MASHUGANA

    MASHUGANA says:

    wow, you have such lovely pieces, I hope to own one someday!

    2 years ago

  • Stylique

    Stylique says:

    love your artwork...as a painter I would love to do your style but however my talent is with a different style. It just all comes together so beautifully.

    2 years ago

  • noraalice

    noraalice says:

    It's great to see a painter featured. Your colors are beautiful.

    2 years ago

  • kajalzaveri

    kajalzaveri says:

    love your work Linda...

    2 years ago

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt says:

    We'd so get along! 29 year old full time practicing oil/acryilc painer for 10+ yrs with 2 yr old HERE. Congrats! May all this exposure bring you wonderful everythings. X C.L. Hildebrandt

    2 years ago

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt says:

    oh and a golden fan too. I actually live 2 minutes away from its factory. Do you sign up for free paint from their website???

    2 years ago

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    mia lopez says:

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    2 years ago

  • BlueBuildings

    Blue Buildings Design from BlueBuildings says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for the inspiration - what amazing spirit! xoxo Jayme [www.bluebuildingsdesign.com]

    2 years ago

  • jprousselet

    Jean Pierre Rousselet from JPRousselet says:

    Wow Linda, You have many beautiful works, congratulations. Take care, Jean

    1 year ago