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Editor’s Note: Linda Drake is The Artist’s Mercantile’s Artist of the Month for April. An artist’s reception takes place at 6-8 p.m. today.City/hometown: CarbondaleOccupation: Artist/designer, owner of Lunar Designs Background/education: Grew up in western Colorado; some college

Family information: Blissfully married to the love my life, Dan GilbertWhen did you know you wanted to become an artist? All my life, but only in the past 10 years have I been able to really focus full time on my artWhat’s the inspiration behind your work? Creating love and light and having funWhat’s your favorite subject, and why? Currently blackbirds because they represent wisdom as we grow “younger”Most memorable exhibit: Has to be the “Wild Women” art show (at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts). The art is always amazing and the camaraderie of my fellow wild women artists is so uplifting and inspiring.Which three artists, living or dead, would you like to spend a weekend working with? Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keefe and John LennonIf you could only have one piece of art in your living room, what would it be? Cannot say one specific … too hard to choose, but any art by the above would be just perfectWhat’s the message would you like to communicate through your art? Life is too short to be shy, so live out loud.Describe your art in one word: Evolving

Color: RedMedium: Mixed mediaFood: A tomato plucked off the vine on a hot sunny day



Movie: “Singing in the Rain” or “Wizard of Oz”Book: “The Artist’s Way”Animal: Dog and catPoem/poet: Maya Angelo Song/musician: “Give Peace a Chance” by John LennonMuseum of art in the world: Denver Art MuseumPlace to paint in Garfield County: My studio, pre-dawn


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