Linda Cloonan

Linda Cloonan

Linda Cloonan

2016/17 Artist in Residence

I am recently retired from a career in apparel design, patternmaking and product development. During my many years as a “garmento” I have had the opportunity to travel around the world and become acquainted with a wide variety of peoples and cultures. Travel remains a passion of mine and I appreciate that it continues to offer me a renewed perspective. My book “My Summer Of La Dolce Vita” was published in 2012, from one such inspirational journey.

I am a longstanding member and award winner of The California Watercolor Association. My work is held as a part of the permanent collection of Levi Strauss & Co. as well as The Hotel Bristol in Sorrento, Italy. My photographs have been published in Italia Magazine and were featured in both the Walnut Creek 100-year Centennial show and brochure. The Valley Gallery in Walnut Creek currently represents my paintings, and I have had the great pleasure of studying with numerous artists including Stan Miller, Alex Powers, and Judy Greenberg.

During my MAC artist in residency, I will be exploring the theme of “The Inspiration Of Space.” My watercolor paintings will depict images of quiet spaces; places quiet enough to hear the voice of the Muse. Away from the noise of life. Images that extend an invitation to pause a moment to breathe and in the simplicity of that, bring a sort of gratitude to the heart.

Visually, I will explore the use of light and contrast. I will experiment with various mounting and framing methods, as well as pouring and glazing techniques. My writing will show up as prose “written to” the artwork and I will continue my daily writing practice chronicling my experiences, which shall no doubt range from humorous to tragic and back again, about this extraordinary year of being an artist in residence.

In closing, my goal during this residency is to not only to have created the story of “The Inspiration of Space” both with brush and pen, but to have experienced and lived it with deep awareness and gratitude, myself.

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