She came to a concert in my studio. Afterward she hobbled to me holding tightly to her cane, and with piercing blue eyes looking into mine she asked, Do you know how special you are? I did not know what to say. I smiled. She told me she was dying and started to cry. She said that she has been bedridden and took a lot of medication to to be able to sit for the concert in my studio, and she doesn’t want to die, but there is no hope, her body was failing. She asked me again through her tears, Do you know how special you are? I hugged her and as my own tears formed. I answered that we are all special, and thanked her. I never saw her again, but I thought of her when I received this award that I did not expect, I was totally surprised, I felt special.
I love it when I open my email and read Congratulations Linda, your work has been accepted into the ____exhibit. I also like when my art is referred to as work. Creating it takes passion, motivation, perseverance, stamina, concentration, dedication, research, knowledge, materials, support and so much time. I am happiest when my art brings people together and they feel it. Here is my latest acceptance. Hundreds of people were at the opening! The show is up through the first week of June, at Fuller Lodge, one of my favorite galleries ever. Here is the link:
As an English speaking American artist who tends to be reclusive, it is an effort to partake in my gallery exhibitions and interviews. Recently, I accepted an invitation to debut my Feminine Almighty series in Italy, in September 2018, at the beautiful Galleria Villicana D'Annibale. The exhibition was televised three different times on Italian television, ( I made two of three interviews) and there was an opening and closing event both of which I attended. My paintings were silent confidants, I trusted they would speak for me in those gatherings where I did not speak the native language. I watched as people took their time to observe my art, and felt fulfilled. Many sought me out in the crowd to offer cheek to cheek kisses, a few with tears in their eyes. The experience was life changing. It confirmed that my art is a language of its own. I no longer question what my purpose in life is. Here are the links to the interviews:
Glow Inc. chose me as their featured artist. They make glow-in-the-dark paint, which helps me get my visual point across. Here is the link: http://glow.glowinc.com/blog/junes-featured-artist-linda-storm/