Hi! I’m Lina
Working primarily with watercolor, gouache, and ink, I love to explore natural patterns, stories, and playful methods. My aim is to provide semi-abstract, storytelling pieces reminiscent of the scenes/textures/patterns I see while exploring the world around me.
I was born on an American Air Force base in Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain. For the first three years of my life, my family traveled to various places in both the US and Spain before we finally settled in Missouri. From a young age I loved to draw, write, and take photos. Most of my early 20s was spent pursuing a career in both writing and photography. During this time I also attended Columbia College in Missouri, where I earned a BA in Psychology with a minor in both writing and English. Despite my many aspirations, and my full-time job as a Pre-K teacher, I still found time to paint and draw, two things that have always brought me excitement. It wasn't until my late 20s, early 30s, that I really began to share my art online. It had never occurred to me to be an artist, as it had been instilled in me at a young age that art was a hobby, not a career. But after my online following urged me to give it a try, I had no problem jumping whole-heartedly into my work. I took online classes, taught myself watercolors before dabbling further into inks, gouache, and water-soluble oils. And during that time, I began to share my work in the local community, appearing in shows and entering that whole gallery scene, which I adore.