When Linda McCoy, from Cincinnati, commented on one of my blog posts that she had left a long- term career to become a “bohemian artist,” her name seemed familiar. I asked about her painting, one email led to another, and I found out that Linda and I did indeed meet a few years ago when she worked for Charming Shoppes and I was publishing a fashion magazine for the plus-size fashion chain.
Linda had enough of the corporate world and started “painting my life away,” she said, concentrating on 6-by-6 inch oils. “I don’t have a degree in fine arts, but I’ve studied with many contemporary artists around the country, grabbing time whenever I could to take a workshop with them.”
Linda’s work is charming. I was captivated by her painting, Flowers in Roseville Pottery, especially because I own a Roseville antique pitcher that resembles the vase in Linda’s painting.
Roni Sumer’s painting, Tulip Reflections, is another beauty. “My sister sent me tulips for the grand opening of my gallery. While I was arranging them in a vase, I set this tulip on the counter,” said the FOF San Diego artist. “The sun was streaming into the gallery and I noticed how the color reflected into its shadow. The only thing I like painting better than flowers is shadows so I was elated to paint both.”