It’s Day 254 and it’s also my birthday! I decided last minute that I would celebrate MYSELF today! Is that wrong? I’m not sure, but I don’t think so. I was originally going to pay tribute to myself on the last day of this project but then thought…why not on my birthday? And also why not do my biography in the third person?
Linda Cleary was born on September 11, 1978 in Seoul, Korea. She is an American artist that lives in the Bay Area in California. Her mother was Taiwanese and her father is Irish/Hungarian. She grew up a military brat and lived in Korea and Japan for most of her life. She has been an artist for as long as she can remember. She once ruined the family microwave by attempting to melt crayons in it to make the world’s largest rainbow crayon.
She moved to San Francisco at the age of 19 to be closer to her mother and attend art school. She studied
film and worked crazy hours as a front desk clerk at the Hilton Hotel. She then lived in Seattle where she had her first two art shows and began playing and performing music as Scared Girl.
She now lives in El Cerrito, CA with her husband and two dogs. If you are here then you know that she is doing a crazy painting a day project called Day of the Artist where she is paying tribute to an artist every day by painting a piece in their honor and hopefully capturing their style as well. Follow the project on Facebook here. She also makes monsters and sells them for a living. You can visit her Ghoulie Girls shop here.
Her painting and art style has been evolving throughout the years and especially this particular year! She likes to experiment with different materials from spackle to using sharpies.
For a number of years she drew large scale pieces using black markers and pens to create cartoonish abstract surreal illustrations. She now knows (after doing the Day of the Artist project) she was utilizing the automatism technique while creating these pieces.
Then she discovered acrylic paints! It’s her favorite media, but she’s learning to appreciate all forms of media. She’s actually overwhelmed with all the inspiration and ideas she gets everyday from art and sometimes feels like her brain is melting from too much inspiration.
Her art is continuing to evolve and transform. Who knows where it’ll go next? She
is hoping to have a huge artistic event after finishing the Day of the Artist project, where she can show all 365 paintings she did this year. Maybe there will be a book…this is just a small biography because it would take much time to describe all the artistic endeavors she was involved with throughout her life.
I hope you enjoy my tribute to myself! I decided to do a painting that I just “felt” like doing and I hope you like it. I will see you tomorrow on Day 255 when I get back to honoring other artists!