Linda Kinney, Fine Artist
Discover 'The Gift' to Paint
Discover 'The Gift' to Paint
Everyone is diverse in their attraction to art and is affected by it differently. The need for creativity and the enjoyment of it is a basic part of the human experience. I paint realistically, as creation reveals. With no training or experience, I am an instrument, just like a child who has never touched a piano key, yet plays professionally. I painted "Barn in the Rain", my first painting in 3 days.
Love of nature, creation and everything this entails is revealed through each of my paintings. Hence, my favorite subjects are landscapes and the interaction of people and animals during events they share. My vivid conceptual sense of color, shapes, and dimensions are apparent in each artwork. Painting oil on canvas is my favorite medium because the depths and contrasts seem easier to achieve than with other mediums.
Painting commissions is one of my most favorite aspects of painting. People are fascinating with very unique experiences. I like sharing life stories and learning what makes up someone’s character. Painting a past experience or memory for a client is a privilege, a look into their personal side and what makes them who they are. I have been told that the feeling released by my re-creation of their memory is as real as the event that inspired it. Their happiness delights me.
Each of us have talents, one of mine is painting. 'The Gift' was given to share God’s love through art, hence the ‘G’ logo inside a heart means ‘Love of God’. It is a blessing of joy and happiness and my desire is to share it with you.
I discovered my talent for painting in 1982 when a few friends and I decided to take a day out, going to an art studio in the small West Texas town where we lived. I had never painted or had any art education or exposure, but I desired to try. I bought oil paints, brushes, canvas and an easel. Setting up on the kitchen table, the only available space, I was surprised when I had painted 'Barn in the Rain' 3 days later. This experience sparked a passion and began my painting career.
The farming community of 2,500 population is located on the main highway between Odessa and Lubbock, Texas. The Dixie Dog drive-in, famous for miles around for its food is located at the intersection of Main Street. Even today, travelers often take a much-needed break and walk a few blocks to the Seagraves Museum and Art Gallery. There was no social media marketing, websites and the technology advantages of today, but the location was perfect for personal sales. I exhibited my art, sold and contracted commission work for several years while I was a stay-at-home mom.
In 2000, my family moved to Lubbock, where I was employed by Texas Tech University until 2011, when I retired. This meant I great deal to me, because I would be able to devote full-time to my passion. I painted under the business name 'Linda's Creations', developed a website, and took advantage of social media on Facebook, Etsy, Pinterest, and email marketing. I researched methods of reproduction and was thrilled to discover the new, innovative high-resolution Giclée process available to me only 350 miles away. All my paintings have been copyrighted, museum sealed and.scanned by Coupralux Dallas.
I leased a studio, joined Lubbock Art Association, and Friday Night Art Trail. As a member, I participated in gallery exhibits throughout the city which gave me much exposure and introductions.
Many years have passed since I discovered I could paint. My favorite medium is oils. I enjoy painting commissions, using a photo or memory and capturing it on canvas, especially when it is personal to the client. All my paintings are inspired by events in my life or those of someone dear to me, and each one has a story that completes it. During my career, I have exhibited my artwork many times, painted commissions including pet portraits, and given Encouragement Classes. I made every effort to market my paintings, but my dream was to expand into the International Art Market.