For the past few weeks, I’ve been scouring the internet for new and inspiring artists. These paintings by Linda Donohue immediately caught my eye. I found her work on Etsy, my favorite place in the whole wide web! There is an immediate impression that you get from viewing Linda’s work that tells you she is happy when she is making it, whether it is an abstract landscape, or an equestrian study, the underlying theme in her work is joy.
1. How long have you been painting?
I’ve been painting all my life, but just started seriously selling my paintings 1 1/2 years ago.
2. Where do you get most of your inspiration for your work?
My inspiration comes from my surroundings. I live in beautiful Sonoma County and draw ideas from the coast and rolling hills around me. I also ride horses and love to paint them too.
3. What steps did you take to turn making art into a business?
I run my family furniture business and started by painting with my children during the holiday breaks. I put some up on the walls and to my surprise they sold. Then I heard about Etsy and started my shop. The first six months I didn’t know what I was doing and then once I figured it out my sales really began to grow. I’m connected with a couple of galleries in the SF Bay Area that sell my work and through my wholesale furniture line have been able to sell to some of my existing dealers.
4. What advice would you give someone looking to “make it” in the art world?
My advice to someone looking to make it is to follow what inspires you. Usually the paintings that make you feel good and that you love others will love too. Expand in those areas and leave room to experiment as well. Then you will be fresh with new ideas and have reliable ones to give you stability.
5. Do you have a favorite artist who’s work inspires you?
I love to look at the art on Etsy and I have several favorites. I like Linda Monfort, Michelle Daisley Moffitt, and Christina Romeo. I like Michelle Oppenheimer’s watercolors (not on Etsy) and Bernie Weston’s plaster and pigment abstracts.
6. Do you use any other online sources to sell your work besides Etsy?
I am currently signing up for Zatista and hope to be up and running soon. Otherwise it’s through galleries, furniture stores, my own showroom/gallery and Etsy.
7. Do you have any other creative hobbies, or interests?
My other hobbies and interests are that I have a great supportive family, I ride horses and garden and design a line of decorative accent furniture that I wholesale across the country and in Canada and Mexico.