This week's blog was written by visual artist, Jennie O'Connor. Jennie interviewed glass artist, Linda Gerrard of Linda Gerrard Art Glass.
How long have you been a member of Artistic Portland, and what appealed to you about joining the Co-op?
June 1st will mark my second year at Artistic Portland. I joined because I wanted to be a contributor to the local art scene, be around other artists and see their work to inspire me to go beyond my conventional thinking of what art should be.
What’s your background?
I grew up in a very small town and my parents bought a business when I was 9 years old, so my background is steeped in the business world. I always made greeting cards for my family by cutting up old magazines and gluing to colored construction paper, but I've no had no training having to do with art.
I've always been attracted to glass art and while at an art fair oooohing and awwwwwing over the glass, one of my friends said, "You know you can make that yourself." So I took a beginner class and was hooked! Besides my personal love for glass artwork, there's nothing like seeing someone fall in love with a piece from the gallery or see the joy in the faces of someone who commissioned me to make something special for them.
Describe yourself in one word. Why that word?
Optimistic. My glass (no pun intended) is always half full. I've retired from the business world so I get to play with glass whenever I want. My husband is my biggest fan and is always there to help with whatever I need. I get to spend as much time as I want with my sweet little grand daughter and I have a grandson on the way. Life is good.
Where do you create?
My husband helped me "build out" the unfinished part of our basement for a studio and I am lucky to have the finished part of our daylight basement set up as my gallery.
What inspires you?
I'm inspired by many things; our travels to Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Utah's National Parks etc etc, my husband's photography and sometimes random images from the internet.
Is there an artwork that you created that you are most proud of? Why?
Wow, picking a favorite piece is difficult. I guess I can narrow it down to 2; my heron piece called Wetlands at Sunset and a beautiful fall piece called Turning. Both are vibrant with color as well as giving the viewer an impression of depth all in a 1/4 inch of glass.