"Inspiring Artist!" Linda Radakovich

Meet Artist Linda Radakovich…

Where can people find you and your work?

I finally have a website, www.lindaradakovich.com, but I am no computer guru. My work is also available at Posh fine arts and Furnishings in Raleigh.

Finish this thought: For me art is…

Genetic, for sure! I am a fifth generation artist, my father is a well known artist in Florida. My grandfather entertained me in his wood shop when I was a child, thus began my love for wood, furniture and finishes.  For me, Art is all about the details. Fine workmanship, even in oil painting, which is what I’m enjoying now.

What do you enjoy most about being an artist?

being a little quirky! right brain energy, always designing whenever my eyes are open! I love making things pretty.

What has been your process of getting to where you are now in your artistic career?

I owned Legacy Studio in Raleigh for 9 years. I created fine hand-painted furniture, new and vintage alike. Working with so many creative designers and clients everyday, I couldn’t wait to get to work each day. I retired from that in 2000, and only recently started oil painting two years ago. Much easier on my bones! I truly miss having a shop, maybe someday, I’ll open another design center. My forte is designing beautiful rooms and using vintage pieces, especially.

Where do you find the inspiration for your paintings?

Traveling to beautiful places, for one. I love old architecture, heck, I love anything old…people, things, places! oh and flowers, never can get enough flowers. I love to paint dog portraits, too.

Your artistic vision is inspiring! Who has inspired you?

Ewww, that’s a good one, as I am a bookaphile? my favorite authors are Ted Goerschner, Jerry Fresia,Nicholas Verrall, Robert A. Johnson and Patricia Moran. So many to recall. I take workshops whenever I can. I love Impressionism, my trip to Paris, the Louvre and Monet’s house last year was beyond a dream for me. I will treasure that forever.

What is the next step in your artistic career?

To actually start marketing my work. That is not my forte!  And always, to carve out more time to tend to my painting. Focus, focus, focus. It’s very hard working at home, too many distractions, that’s my excuse!

Are there any tips to living a creative life that you’d like to share?

Since I am strictly right – brained, my life has always been creative , to a fault. I’m always working with my hands, Just do what you love, the housework will always be there tomorrow! I’m stressing that now that I’m older and I want more years to paint! And don’t postpone JOY!

Thank you Linda! It was great to learn more about your background and I loved your advice about the housework always being there tomorrow. Very true!

“Inspiring Artists!” will be an ongoing series. It will run as long as there are inspiring artists out there wanting to share their stories. If you are an artist and would like to participate please contact me at jhutchins@joyfulartsstudio.com. I would love to hear from you!!

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