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Linda Daniels Biography Continued:
...Each has its own look, attitude, sense of humor and story to tell. I attempt to tell that story in an attractive manner, then I invite the viewer to go deeper and discover the emotions we share with our dogs.
I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and spent my first nine years deep in an ethnic inner city environment consisting of tall row houses with tiny front yards and big front porches overlooking the sidewalk. Most people were born in those houses and lived their whole lives there, their funerals held in the "front room." I have strong roots in that environment.
When my father died, my mother took us to live in the country - a place of complete contrasts to what I had known. In this new environment, I filled my life with books and explorations into the natural world. I became very imaginative in inventing my own entertainment. I delighted in finding secret spots that were all mine and could only be reached by bravely traversing treacherous paths. I began to draw and dream of becoming an artist. I had hoped to attend art school, but the funds weren't there. My mother says, though, that it was the big box of crayons that I didn't get for Christmas that turned me into an artist. Today, she looks at my drawers and drawers of paint tubes and says I'm just fulfilling that wish for a big box of crayons.
Eventually, I moved to Oklahoma City to find a job in advertising and display. Although I have taken brief forays into other western states, Oklahoma is my home and I always come back to it. I discovered a "soul" for the western attitude of open, frank and robust living. I feel free to experience and to grow. I respect the common-sense law and appreciate the kindness and caring of the people.
In the fall of 1983, my husband and I left the city for the rugged hills of northeastern Oklahoma, and I retired from advertising. I experimented with pencil, pastel, watercolor and gouache, and finally chose acrylics. Because I primarily painted the animals that share my rugged wilderness, I became known as a wildlife artist.
A few years later, an interview with a print publisher, changed my fife. I was asked to do paintings of dogs, and I developed "It's a Dog's World," a view of the life and bond of man and dog - from the dog's point of view. As I worked on this concept, I dug deeper and deeper into the emotional base of dogs and came to understand, as one scientist said recently, that they have the same emotions we do - just bigger. Once I accepted that we communicate on the same level but to different degrees, I began to notice other life forms on this planet - horses, dolphins, elephants, It's like decoding a common language. Because of this, I've become more respectful of all life and more careful with it.
My art, along with my creative spirit, has found a common ground with man's best friend. – Linda Daniels