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Featured Seller: Linda Monfort

Sep 9, 2011

by lindamonfort

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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.

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370 comments

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry said 4 years ago

    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!

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 4 years ago

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

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 4 years ago

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

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS said 4 years ago

    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!

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 4 years ago

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

  • riverstar

    riverstar said 4 years ago

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

  • dreadsandcurls

    dreadsandcurls said 4 years ago

    I just love your flower paintings. Brava!

  • ThoseThreeWords

    ThoseThreeWords said 4 years ago

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

  • funktionslust

    funktionslust said 4 years ago

    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!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 4 years ago

    Great sense of humor and lovely paintings!

  • JPATPURSES

    JPATPURSES said 4 years ago

    gorgeous work ! Wonderful featured seller :)

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 4 years ago

    beautiful studio - great interview!

  • oldandodd

    oldandodd said 4 years ago

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

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 4 years ago

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

  • JenROriginals

    JenROriginals said 4 years ago

    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!

  • HumphreysHandmade

    HumphreysHandmade said 4 years ago

    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

  • chinmayo

    chinmayo said 4 years ago

    Inspiring and BEAUTIFUL!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 4 years ago

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

  • estheraguirre

    estheraguirre said 4 years ago

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

  • CalviRee

    CalviRee said 4 years ago

    truly inspiring & truly beautiful...

  • earlums

    earlums said 4 years ago

    Love the colors! Congrats on the feature.

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 4 years ago

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

  • Zria

    Zria said 4 years ago

    I am loving it :D

  • pienchips

    pienchips said 4 years ago

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

  • CreationsbyLSM

    CreationsbyLSM said 4 years ago

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

  • gardenmis

    gardenmis said 4 years ago

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

  • rokcandyofnyc

    rokcandyofnyc said 4 years ago

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

  • TreasuryShop

    TreasuryShop said 4 years ago

    So inspiring, love your work.

  • filofashion

    filofashion said 4 years ago

    Congrats :) Great Work !

  • ellieroseltd

    ellieroseltd said 4 years ago

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

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 4 years ago

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

  • FindingBrooke

    FindingBrooke said 4 years ago

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

  • lizdezign

    lizdezign said 4 years ago

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

  • mytinystudio

    mytinystudio said 4 years ago

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

  • SharonFosterArt

    SharonFosterArt said 4 years ago

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

  • sabiesabi

    sabiesabi said 4 years ago

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

  • LaughRabbitDesigns

    LaughRabbitDesigns said 4 years ago

    great article - and great colors!

  • inblackink

    inblackink said 4 years ago

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

  • funkomavintage

    funkomavintage said 4 years ago

    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...

  • RareDesign

    RareDesign said 4 years ago

    Congrats!!

  • seaglassvintage

    seaglassvintage said 4 years ago

    Love your paintings!!!!

  • marysworkshop

    marysworkshop said 4 years ago

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

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 4 years ago

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

  • anotherghostquilts

    anotherghostquilts said 4 years ago

    Nice interview. Lovely shop. Best of luck!

  • HumdingColors

    HumdingColors said 4 years ago

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

  • LizzyClara

    LizzyClara said 4 years ago

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

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky said 4 years ago

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

  • acuriousbrood

    acuriousbrood said 4 years ago

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

  • ChasingtheCrayon

    ChasingtheCrayon said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Linda All the best!

  • HouseOfSugarDarlings

    HouseOfSugarDarlings said 4 years ago

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

  • PaintedAbstractions

    PaintedAbstractions said 4 years ago

    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.

  • MollysRidge

    MollysRidge said 4 years ago

    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!

  • MiaLorenBoutique

    MiaLorenBoutique said 4 years ago

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

  • bsasik

    bsasik said 4 years ago

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

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 4 years ago

    Beautiful shop !!! Congrats !!

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen said 4 years ago

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

  • MadrigalEmbroidery

    MadrigalEmbroidery said 4 years ago

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

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 4 years ago

    Congrats!

  • Artulia

    Artulia said 4 years ago

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

  • lacegrl130

    lacegrl130 said 4 years ago

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

  • tiarasnbows

    tiarasnbows said 4 years ago

    CONGRATS! Beautiful paintings! :)

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 4 years ago

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

  • PomLove

    PomLove said 4 years ago

    great article! beautiful work... congrats!

  • RachelBollmanDesign

    RachelBollmanDesign said 4 years ago

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

  • theowlshop

    theowlshop said 4 years ago

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

  • olimaxsoap

    olimaxsoap said 4 years ago

    Congratulations. Beautiful work!

  • mattjohnsondesigns

    mattjohnsondesigns said 4 years ago

    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.

  • bellaoceana

    bellaoceana said 4 years ago

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

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

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

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas said 4 years ago

    I love your paintings!

  • JeanRameyArt

    JeanRameyArt said 4 years ago

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

  • owlgypsy

    owlgypsy said 4 years ago

    Congrats! I love your art! Beautiful!

  • needleyou

    needleyou said 4 years ago

    Beautiful paintings! Congratualtions & much success to you.

  • PeaceStitchStudio

    PeaceStitchStudio said 4 years ago

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

  • KutzEurope

    KutzEurope said 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your work is brilliant!

  • nenafaye

    nenafaye said 4 years ago

    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!

  • vinskord

    vinskord said 4 years ago

    Your work is lovely! Congrats on the feature!

  • dorijenn

    dorijenn said 4 years ago

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

  • GrandOldTimes

    GrandOldTimes said 4 years ago

    Your paintings are lovely, keep up your fine creativity.

  • pineconevintage

    pineconevintage said 4 years ago

    Beautiful paintings--very inspiring!

  • MarilynsMedley

    MarilynsMedley said 4 years ago

    Love you work and you are very inspiring

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts said 4 years ago

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

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson said 4 years ago

    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!

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 4 years ago

    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!!!!

  • pagepottery

    pagepottery said 4 years ago

    Yay! love your work :) Good luck!

  • kiamichi7

    kiamichi7 said 4 years ago

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

  • Clayshapes

    Clayshapes said 4 years ago

    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"!

  • ThePaperedCrown

    ThePaperedCrown said 4 years ago

    my new favorite shop... love!!!

  • MIDEZINES

    MIDEZINES said 4 years ago

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

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 4 years ago

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

  • PastMadePresent

    PastMadePresent said 4 years ago

    Absolutely Beautiful!! Congratulations!

  • lindamonfort

    lindamonfort said 4 years ago

    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. :)

  • LichenStudio

    LichenStudio said 4 years ago

    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!

  • LycheeKiss

    LycheeKiss said 4 years ago

    Wow Linda, love all your paintings. Congrats!

  • devikasart

    devikasart said 4 years ago

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

  • swedishT

    swedishT said 4 years ago

    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,

  • teatimeandroses

    teatimeandroses said 4 years ago

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

  • AnnikaLane

    AnnikaLane said 4 years ago

    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... :)

  • CindyTurnerDesigns

    CindyTurnerDesigns said 4 years ago

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

  • manzanitakids

    manzanitakids said 4 years ago

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

  • artdestiny

    artdestiny said 4 years ago

    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.

  • TDNCreations

    TDNCreations said 4 years ago

    Lovely story! And beautiful work! Congrats!

  • Visuaria

    Visuaria said 4 years ago

    Wonderful color!

  • CharmingIsabella

    CharmingIsabella said 4 years ago

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

  • lauraprill

    lauraprill said 4 years ago

    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!

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects said 4 years ago

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

  • barnheart

    barnheart said 4 years ago

    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!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 4 years ago

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

  • EssentialVintage

    EssentialVintage said 4 years ago

    great story, thanks for sharing

  • luckyrosiescreations

    luckyrosiescreations said 4 years ago

    lovely art work and a great interview

  • thehouseofhemp

    thehouseofhemp said 4 years ago

    beautiful paintings, congrats :)

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 4 years ago

    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.

  • itselemental

    itselemental said 4 years ago

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

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 4 years ago

    love your shop!

  • StudioMeco

    StudioMeco said 4 years ago

    Fascinating story, lovely studio and beautiful art work!

  • Vintage2NewJewelry

    Vintage2NewJewelry said 4 years ago

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

  • MollyMorpheus

    MollyMorpheus said 4 years ago

    Lovely story, may good luck be with you.

  • FAIRYTALE13

    FAIRYTALE13 said 4 years ago

    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.

  • maclancy

    maclancy said 4 years ago

    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!

  • LilAntFace

    LilAntFace said 4 years ago

    lovely and inspirational... congratulations in your feature!

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 4 years ago

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

  • BlissfullyRandom

    BlissfullyRandom said 4 years ago

    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!!!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 4 years ago

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

  • jamieribisi

    jamieribisi said 4 years ago

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

  • shannonvall

    shannonvall said 4 years ago

    Great interview, Linda! Best of luck to you.

  • Peachygirl

    Peachygirl said 4 years ago

    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.

  • DeniseUnlimited

    DeniseUnlimited said 4 years ago

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

  • CashmereJewels

    CashmereJewels said 4 years ago

    Amazing! congratulations!

  • TheFertileGarden

    TheFertileGarden said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! Enjoyed reading your story! :)

  • MarthyMay

    MarthyMay said 4 years ago

    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!

  • AnneCarrozzaFineArt

    AnneCarrozzaFineArt said 4 years ago

    Enjoyed your interview. Congratulations!

  • silverridgestudio

    silverridgestudio said 4 years ago

    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.

  • asileoriginals

    asileoriginals said 4 years ago

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

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  • PoodlePoddles

    PoodlePoddles said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! Great shop and interview :)

  • Linsartwork

    Linsartwork said 4 years ago

    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

  • vwghiagirl

    vwghiagirl said 4 years ago

    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~

  • MeganMerah

    MeganMerah said 4 years ago

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

  • StarryNightStudios99

    StarryNightStudios99 said 4 years ago

    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!

  • beachseacrafts

    beachseacrafts said 4 years ago

    congrats on being featured. Love your art

  • AustinJames

    AustinJames said 4 years ago

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

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear said 4 years ago

    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!

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage said 4 years ago

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

  • soveryhappyart

    soveryhappyart said 4 years ago

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

  • honeycup

    honeycup said 4 years ago

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

  • JewelsbyJasmin

    JewelsbyJasmin said 4 years ago

    Lovely work! Congrats on the interview~

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats on your feature!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 4 years ago

    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.

  • teonova

    teonova said 4 years ago

    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!!

  • galleryzooart

    galleryzooart said 4 years ago

    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!

  • vintagegirldezigns

    vintagegirldezigns said 4 years ago

    Very talented and lovely work! Wishing you continued success.

  • SpiceofLifeDesigns

    SpiceofLifeDesigns said 4 years ago

    Fabulous! Congrats and best wishes for continued success!

  • ElloPoppetBeauty

    ElloPoppetBeauty said 4 years ago

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

  • TheTaTaShoppe

    TheTaTaShoppe said 4 years ago

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

  • MDaisleyMoffitt

    MDaisleyMoffitt said 4 years ago

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

  • vsc83

    vsc83 said 4 years ago

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

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 4 years ago

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

  • jillybeangreetings

    jillybeangreetings said 4 years ago

    Very inspiring! :)

  • LiddoKiddo

    LiddoKiddo said 4 years ago

    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

  • LiddoKiddo

    LiddoKiddo said 4 years ago

    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

  • alicejdesign

    alicejdesign said 4 years ago

    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.

  • pineappleaisle

    pineappleaisle said 4 years ago

    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!!

  • sedwickpaints

    sedwickpaints said 4 years ago

    Great interview! Your work is lovely.

  • 1beadweaver

    1beadweaver said 4 years ago

    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.

  • Inkrements

    Inkrements said 4 years ago

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

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth said 4 years ago

    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.

  • ellab475

    ellab475 said 4 years ago

    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!

  • RedbirdCottageArt

    RedbirdCottageArt said 4 years ago

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

  • crystalempress

    crystalempress said 4 years ago

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

  • Trenza

    Trenza said 4 years ago

    YAYAYAYAY Linda! Congratulations!

  • kerriblackmanfineart

    kerriblackmanfineart said 4 years ago

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

  • kerriblackmanfineart

    kerriblackmanfineart said 4 years ago

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

  • shaylen303

    shaylen303 said 4 years ago

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

  • shaylen303

    shaylen303 said 4 years ago

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

  • kararane

    kararane said 4 years ago

    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.

  • SilverandEarth

    SilverandEarth said 4 years ago

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

  • MegExpressions

    MegExpressions said 4 years ago

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

  • TutusChic

    TutusChic said 4 years ago

    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!

  • annyschoo

    annyschoo said 4 years ago

    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!

  • elsahats

    elsahats said 4 years ago

    what a hearful article!

  • rachelungerjewelry

    rachelungerjewelry said 4 years ago

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

  • plus1stefana

    plus1stefana said 4 years ago

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

  • GreenGardenStamps

    GreenGardenStamps said 4 years ago

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

  • seaoats

    seaoats said 4 years ago

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

  • PattieJansen

    PattieJansen said 4 years ago

    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 :)

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 4 years ago

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

  • EmeraldCut

    EmeraldCut said 4 years ago

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

  • MicheleTG

    MicheleTG said 4 years ago

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

  • twaniahayesthompson

    twaniahayesthompson said 4 years ago

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

  • MicheleTG

    MicheleTG said 4 years ago

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

  • HenrietteWhite

    HenrietteWhite said 4 years ago

    Love your work! The colors are just so wonderful!

  • MarieVaughnDesign

    MarieVaughnDesign said 4 years ago

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

  • artfields

    artfields said 4 years ago

    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!

  • bigbluebed

    bigbluebed said 4 years ago

    Great work and I loved reading your interview.

  • lindadonohue

    lindadonohue said 4 years ago

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

  • FannieNarte

    FannieNarte said 4 years ago

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

  • bernabermek

    bernabermek said 4 years ago

    congratssss!!!

  • OscarDeanPhotography

    OscarDeanPhotography said 4 years ago

    Congrats on being a featured seller!

  • ARabbitNamedMolecule

    ARabbitNamedMolecule said 4 years ago

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

  • ahelpinghandbag

    ahelpinghandbag said 4 years ago

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

  • FreshlySkweezed

    FreshlySkweezed said 4 years ago

    "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!

  • lauratrevey

    lauratrevey said 4 years ago

    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

  • CarolSchiffStudio

    CarolSchiffStudio said 4 years ago

    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!!

  • heronkate

    heronkate said 4 years ago

    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!

  • heronkate

    heronkate said 4 years ago

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

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 4 years ago

    Interesting paintings

  • TheIndianPaperForest

    TheIndianPaperForest said 4 years ago

    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

  • margosoriginals

    margosoriginals said 4 years ago

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

  • betsybensen

    betsybensen said 4 years ago

    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!

  • cassandrastephanie

    cassandrastephanie said 4 years ago

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

  • glasfaden

    glasfaden said 4 years ago

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

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 4 years ago

    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

  • loribiebel

    loribiebel said 4 years ago

    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.

  • ClassicStyleDesigns

    ClassicStyleDesigns said 4 years ago

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

  • MemoriesOfTheSea

    MemoriesOfTheSea said 4 years ago

    An inspiration to other artists!

  • CrowStarDesigns

    CrowStarDesigns said 4 years ago

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

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 4 years ago

    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.

  • thoughtfullyadorned

    thoughtfullyadorned said 4 years ago

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

  • WeeHoursCreations

    WeeHoursCreations said 4 years ago

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

  • animalcracker

    animalcracker said 4 years ago

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

  • Fingerprince

    Fingerprince said 4 years ago

    You really are an inspiration! Thank you!

  • thepillowgallery

    thepillowgallery said 4 years ago

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

  • theartofobservation

    theartofobservation said 4 years ago

    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

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 4 years ago

    Congrats on a well deserved feature.

  • TheArtsyGirlStudio

    TheArtsyGirlStudio said 4 years ago

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

  • pierrmorgan

    pierrmorgan said 4 years ago

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

  • Officeboy01

    Officeboy01 said 4 years ago

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

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 4 years ago

    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!

  • TheLizardFactory

    TheLizardFactory said 4 years ago

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

  • HippieMade

    HippieMade said 4 years ago

    So inspiring! Beautiful Work

  • tiltomorrow

    tiltomorrow said 4 years ago

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

  • HardlySimpleDesigns

    HardlySimpleDesigns said 4 years ago

    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! :)

  • amytrimble

    amytrimble said 4 years ago

    Beautiful ! Truly God given.

  • tiltomorrow

    tiltomorrow said 4 years ago

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

  • FruitOfMyHands

    FruitOfMyHands said 4 years ago

    NIce work. I hope your dreams come true.

  • aFineColorMess

    aFineColorMess said 4 years ago

    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.

  • aFineColorMess

    aFineColorMess said 4 years ago

    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!

  • lovinffhmusic

    lovinffhmusic said 4 years ago

    I LOVE your abstract pieces!

  • belou492

    belou492 said 4 years ago

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

  • MostlyBlackAndWhite

    MostlyBlackAndWhite said 4 years ago

    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~~~~~~~

  • odelay03

    odelay03 said 4 years ago

    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!

  • PhotoLarks

    PhotoLarks said 4 years ago

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

  • MissPattisAttic

    MissPattisAttic said 4 years ago

    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.

  • ChristinaRomeo

    ChristinaRomeo said 4 years ago

    Great shop!

  • andralynn

    andralynn said 4 years ago

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

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 4 years ago

    LOVe! congratulations on the feature :)

  • IslandFelt

    IslandFelt said 4 years ago

    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.

  • lulusnest

    lulusnest said 4 years ago

    Beautiful artwork! Congrats on being featured too!

  • LaTouchables

    LaTouchables said 4 years ago

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

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    KKSimpleRegalJewelry said 4 years ago

    Very interesting! ~KK~

  • ShirleyArt

    ShirleyArt said 4 years ago

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

  • ohjustjess

    ohjustjess said 4 years ago

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

  • dlccreations2011

    dlccreations2011 said 4 years ago

    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!!

  • Critterstop

    Critterstop said 4 years ago

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

  • kalilainesquared

    kalilainesquared said 4 years ago

    Congrats! Well deserved feature!

  • wishesonwings

    wishesonwings said 4 years ago

    I absolutely love your work!! Beautiful!!

  • TrudysPaintedLadies

    TrudysPaintedLadies said 4 years ago

    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..

  • DaniCalve

    DaniCalve said 4 years ago

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

  • MussyandBirds

    MussyandBirds said 4 years ago

    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.

  • 63artlove

    63artlove said 4 years ago

    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.

  • birchbaykay

    birchbaykay said 4 years ago

    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.

  • spitfaced

    spitfaced said 4 years ago

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

  • brigidmcnellis

    brigidmcnellis said 4 years ago

    amazing artwork! love it.

  • TheCrochetCafe

    TheCrochetCafe said 4 years ago

    beautiful, congrats :)

  • erinduquette

    erinduquette said 4 years ago

    wonderful work, very instinctive and beautiful.

  • Beaddles

    Beaddles said 4 years ago

    Love the texture in your work!

  • lilinspirations

    lilinspirations said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats on the feature.

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 4 years ago

    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!

  • lizlangley

    lizlangley said 4 years ago

    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!

  • blendastudio

    blendastudio said 4 years ago

    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.

  • shanima

    shanima said 4 years ago

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

  • Suppliesjungle

    Suppliesjungle said 4 years ago

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

  • beadinbythesea

    beadinbythesea said 4 years ago

    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!

  • Indiancolours

    Indiancolours said 4 years ago

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

  • AMSkrafts

    AMSkrafts said 4 years ago

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

  • ClaireCaudwell

    ClaireCaudwell said 4 years ago

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

  • sparklinglotusdesign

    sparklinglotusdesign said 4 years ago

    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!

  • JodysVintage

    JodysVintage said 4 years ago

    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!

  • ChristineKrainock

    ChristineKrainock said 4 years ago

    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

  • gossamer531

    gossamer531 said 4 years ago

    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

  • LindaSuzStudios

    LindaSuzStudios said 4 years ago

    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!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 4 years ago

    Very inspiring and I wish you all the best!!

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 4 years ago

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

  • greyedout

    greyedout said 4 years ago

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

  • calloohcallay

    calloohcallay said 4 years ago

    Such beautiful work!

  • anakim

    anakim said 4 years ago

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

  • sighfoo

    sighfoo said 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. Your work is gorgeous!

  • MidwestAlchemy

    MidwestAlchemy said 4 years ago

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

  • Archivia

    Archivia said 4 years ago

    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.

  • MWsDesigns

    MWsDesigns said 4 years ago

    I enjoyed the interview and love your work! Congrats!

  • ginnyhuber

    ginnyhuber said 4 years ago

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

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig said 4 years ago

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

  • ArtdeJoie

    ArtdeJoie said 4 years ago

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

  • StillArt1

    StillArt1 said 4 years ago

    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!

  • hollimoonart

    hollimoonart said 4 years ago

    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

  • SewUpscale

    SewUpscale said 4 years ago

    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.

  • hawthornehill

    hawthornehill said 4 years ago

    Great paintings!!!

  • MissScattergood

    MissScattergood said 4 years ago

    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.

  • canvasart1

    canvasart1 said 4 years ago

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

  • danadojewelry

    danadojewelry said 4 years ago

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

  • JessicaTorrant

    JessicaTorrant said 4 years ago

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

  • Faithart

    Faithart said 4 years ago

    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!

  • colorsplashes

    colorsplashes said 4 years ago

    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!!!

  • thewhatnaught

    thewhatnaught said 4 years ago

    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.

  • JMWSilver

    JMWSilver said 4 years ago

    Very inspiring! Your work is wonderful!

  • HeartsEase2

    HeartsEase2 said 4 years ago

    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.

  • EdensEndeavors

    EdensEndeavors said 4 years ago

    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.

  • dibabeads

    dibabeads said 4 years ago

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

  • SamsPaintbrush

    SamsPaintbrush said 4 years ago

    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.

  • AdeloCreations

    AdeloCreations said 4 years ago

    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!

  • Jlwhiddon

    Jlwhiddon said 4 years ago

    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.

  • violintide

    violintide said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats on the feature!

  • Kamiann

    Kamiann said 4 years ago

    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.

  • volcanogirlcreations

    volcanogirlcreations said 4 years ago

    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

  • agnestheowl

    agnestheowl said 4 years ago

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

  • ConnieKSalesArt

    ConnieKSalesArt said 4 years ago

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

  • oneeyedgirls

    oneeyedgirls said 4 years ago

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

  • conmismanos

    conmismanos said 4 years ago

    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!!

  • SloaneSiklos

    SloaneSiklos said 4 years ago

    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!

  • landoflulu

    landoflulu said 4 years ago

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

  • BriannaBlueStudio

    BriannaBlueStudio said 4 years ago

    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!

  • moonpup

    moonpup said 4 years ago

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

  • mycreativelife

    mycreativelife said 4 years ago

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

  • cnstark

    cnstark said 4 years ago

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

  • InMaterial

    InMaterial said 4 years ago

    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.

  • kim88rocks

    kim88rocks said 4 years ago

    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!

  • bobbijordan

    bobbijordan said 4 years ago

    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

  • Jackphelpsstudio

    Jackphelpsstudio said 4 years ago

    Great art work, inspiring story .

  • jjbackman

    jjbackman said 4 years ago

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

  • laurelsbylaurie

    laurelsbylaurie said 4 years ago

    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. :)

  • sweetandblue

    sweetandblue said 4 years ago

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

  • jpgphotography

    jpgphotography said 4 years ago

    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. :)

  • jpgphotography

    jpgphotography said 4 years ago

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

  • godo

    godo said 4 years ago

    brilliant

  • ForYouDesign

    ForYouDesign said 4 years ago

    congratulations! I love your art !

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 4 years ago

    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!!!!

  • melloizes

    melloizes said 4 years ago

    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. : )

  • ReallyCoolArt

    ReallyCoolArt said 4 years ago

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

  • sherischart

    sherischart said 4 years ago

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

  • modernbird

    modernbird said 4 years ago

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

  • stonecraft

    stonecraft said 4 years ago

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

  • tammistinytreasures

    tammistinytreasures said 4 years ago

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

  • Gamut

    Gamut said 4 years ago

    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!

  • TheDangleDiva

    TheDangleDiva said 4 years ago

    Your work is lovely!

  • kathartstudio

    kathartstudio said 4 years ago

    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!

  • Katkando

    Katkando said 4 years ago

    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

  • PaperArtists

    PaperArtists said 4 years ago

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

  • lindamonfort

    lindamonfort said 4 years ago

    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!!

  • lindamonfort

    lindamonfort said 4 years ago

    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. :)

  • scattyartist

    scattyartist said 4 years ago

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

  • art4ear

    art4ear said 4 years ago

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

  • BigHelmetHead

    BigHelmetHead said 4 years ago

    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!

  • 443Jewelry

    443Jewelry said 4 years ago

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

  • jilldredge

    jilldredge said 4 years ago

    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!

  • tsheva

    tsheva said 4 years ago

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

  • UrbanVarieties

    UrbanVarieties said 4 years ago

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

  • namedesignstudio

    namedesignstudio said 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your work is brilliant!loveeee

  • MuseSilkPaintings

    MuseSilkPaintings said 4 years ago

    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!

  • mattanandrakwang

    mattanandrakwang said 4 years ago

    Love the color of your paintings Linda!

  • MarieVaughnDesign

    MarieVaughnDesign said 4 years ago

    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!!!

  • BrittneyWest

    BrittneyWest said 4 years ago

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

  • MASHUGANA

    MASHUGANA said 4 years ago

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

  • Stylique

    Stylique said 4 years ago

    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.

  • noraalice

    noraalice said 4 years ago

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

  • kajalzaveri

    kajalzaveri said 4 years ago

    love your work Linda...

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 4 years ago

    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

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 4 years ago

    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???

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    mia lopez said 4 years ago

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  • BlueBuildings

    Blue Buildings Design from BlueBuildings said 4 years ago

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

  • jprousselet

    Jean Pierre Rousselet from JPRousselet said 3 years ago

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

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