• Linda Donlin

Living the dream

Life has been a whirlwind for this artist during the past six weeks. In that time, I've signed with The Capital Gallery in Bismarck, had major debuts of my paintings, sold a chunk of my inventory, been featured in a statewide magazine and am busily preparing for my Fall show.

Whew! It's been very exciting as my art career does appear to be taking off. On March 15, my paintings were debuted as part of a social for supporters of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra. It was a lovely evening, and as a result, all four of my symphony paintings sold, as well as one of my ballerina paintings. I've also had three inquires about commissions stemming from this debut.


A television station has been following my work, and they plan to run a story in August, coinciding with my show at The Capital Gallery. The gallery is now representing me in North Dakota, and I'm thrilled! It is a class act in downtown Bismarck and represents a group of other artists who I greatly admire.


In addition, I finished a painting honoring the Bismarck-Mandan Civic Chorus just in time for it to be introduced at our spring concert on April 27. I've been a member of the chorus for more than 20 years, and my new painting, entitled North Dakota Sings, was inspired by our spring concert program.


I am so grateful to all who have supported me as I took a leap of faith, retiring from corporate life and fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a full-time artist. One of my hometown classmates remarked on Facebook, "You should have quit that day job long ago." Indeed, maybe so! But the important thing is, I'm having fun now -- living the dream.


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