By Sharon Peck for The Island Connection
A Seabrook resident and member of the Seabrook Island Artist Guild for several years, Linda Bell has always been interested in creative endeavors from sewing to carpentry to gardening.
Drawing and painting have always been on Bell’s “round tuit” list. She had sets of oil and acrylic but rarely used them. Fear of wasting paint, developing wrong habits, and deciding what to paint was a stumbling block.
Bell worked in advertising using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for nearly 18 years. She hated working with/looking at a computer all day. She quit the computer graphics and took some faux finishing classes. Those were fun, but moving and climbing ladders and finishing an entire room is a lot of labor.
In 2014, she briefly joined an online painting class by Richard Robinson using acrylics. Then a sick family member required focus and art was set aside.
Upon moving to Seabrook 3 years ago, Bell exhibited 2 acrylic pieces at the Property Owners Association show. She also started taking weekly classes with artist Gary Kunkleman, which really got her started in oil. Bell has taken a few more online video classes and recently a watercolor class on Seabrook by Helen Beacham and an oil workshop with Chris Groves.
At this point, Bell is happy to explore her own style and may well continue with oil, acrylic, and watercolor. She finds the Lowcountry offers an endless supply of appeal.