Below is a Q&A with Linda Buckwalter, Cornerstone’s artist of the month for October 2016.
Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
I am a recently retired HACC math professor, who now has the time to pursue, full-time painting. I started drawing and painting as a child. My mother always had art supplies available, and her drawings and art books were always a source of interest. Throughout my life I have had periods of time painting, but the last several years, I have always made some time to pursue my art. Color makes me happy, joyful and hopeful. While I paint, I am totally absorbed.
How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
I love the smell, the feel, the sight, of color. It is candy for my soul. Someone told me that my art was candy for her eyes and that may describe what draws me to create more works of art.
My favorite pieces in my portfolio are one of my recently completed. My paintings have changed over the years, I like to think that they have developed, as I have developed more as an artist. I like that creating art is an endless pursuit, an unknown journey to playing with colors, more candy for my soul.
What would be your advice for artists just starting out in your medium?
My advice would be create, create, create, for the joy, for the love of the medium.