We had the good fortune of connecting with Linda Queally and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Linda, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
My work-life balance has changed a lot over the years, and  continues to evolve. 

I worked an office job in the Real Estate Title Insurance field  for over thirty years, and during that time my balance tipped  heavily towards work.  While that definitely fulfilled a need, it  wasn’t work that spoke to me on a soul level, creating a lot of  inner conflict and stress, which spilled out into my personal  and family life.  My heart and soul cried out.  I was out of  balance! 

I left my office job behind in November of 2012 and never  looked back.  I’ve spent the last eight years navigating the  world as a full time Artist. 

Because I now move continually closer to a life that speaks to  my soul, my work and life become one, in ever more perfect  balance.  This means multiple things.  It means making a  contribution to the world by creating art that I really resonate  with, meditating, yoga, eating well, traveling, surrounding  myself with people that are here for my highest good, finding  my tribe, that is, those collectors that my art speaks to, and  never giving up!!  More than ever I strive for each choice I  make throughout the day to move me closer to happiness and  peace, so pretty much everything I do either inspires me to  create, I am creating, or I’m connecting.  There’s the balance!!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In my work, I strive to capture the essence of beauty, love, and magic,  using water as a central theme.  I express myself in three different art  forms, Paintings, Jewelry Design and Photography.  The way I share my  work is evolving with the times right now.  I used to sell at events every  weekend, but now my work has moved online.     

In my paintings I use a unique mixed media process, combining acrylic  paint and hand made fine art papers on cradled Ampersand Claybord.   Mostly Mermaids and Mermen, my figures are like spirit guides from the  sea, quietly watching over us, observing patiently and lovingly as life  unfolds.  I offer prints as both wall art and functional art, providing as  many people as possible the opportunity to enjoy these special beings.   You can view and purchase this work online at Fine Art America/Pixels.   

In my jewelry pieces, I am all about the Pearls!!  I have a degree in  Gemology, so I know a little bit about a lot of gems, but I know A LOT  about pearls.  They are my passion and my specialty!  I strive to find  unique pearls and use them as both simple and stunning earrings, and  as accents in the necklaces that I put together featuring my own  Mermaid and Merman pendant designs.  Like I always say, “What would  a Mermaid wear”?  This special jewelry is available online in my Etsy  Shop. 

I round out my repertoire with photography, because I love to travel,  and always seek out… you guessed it… water!!  I am actually traveling in  Southern Arizona right now, during this time when most “in person”  events have been cancelled.  Turning to online sales at the moment, I’m  using this time to both explore life in other cities, and to inspire others  who feel they, too, want to shift to a life that they can connect with on  more of a soul level.  You can follow me on Instagram, and I will be  sharing even more about my art, life, and travels soon when I launch my  Patreon account in the New Year!  Stay tuned for that!!  And because I  miss connecting with my customers personally, I of course look forward  to the day we get back to doing some events face to face!!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, there’s definitely a lot to see. Here’s some highlights I’d choose. If my best friend was visiting Los Angeles, I would take them for street tacos in Highland Park, then head on to Downtown LA to show them the magic of the jewelry district, the amazing street art, and the blend of old and new architecture. We’d be sure to have a drink at the beautiful NoMad Hotel. Heading west to the beach, I’d show them the gritty humanity and art of Venice Beach, where I first learned to sell my art along the boardwalk. We’d walk the beach to the Santa Monica Pier, where the Ferris Wheel magically lights up the sand and sea at night. To the north, I’d make sure to take them to see the rugged beauty of El Matador Beach, Point Dume, Malibu Surfrider beach, and of course finish with drinks and sushi at Nobu in Malibu. To the south, we’d visit the breathtaking cliffs of Palos Verdes where we could hike down to the beach, and then head into San Pedro to see the amazing tile street mural along 25th Street. Continuing south, I’d take them to Long Beach, a place so near and dear to my heart, where I’d show them the tiny hidden jewels of Belmont Heights, Belmont Shore, Alamitos Bay and Naples. We’d watch the sunset over the marina. Can you tell there’s a water theme here? Lastly I’d make sure to take them in to Orange County to visit Seal Beach, with it’s enchanting Main Street, Huntington Beach, with it’s amazing surfers, the Wedge in Newport Beach with it’s thrill seeking boogie boarders, and the old fashioned charm of San Clemente. Dinner, and even better yet, an overnight stay, at Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach would be the perfect ending to a perfect week.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout goes to the women of the Angeles Crest Art Guild, of which I’ve been a proud member since 2007. These women have not only taught me about the many facets of art and the art business, but have become loving friends and mentors. They have opened their hearts and their homes to me, gently supporting and encouraging me to reach ever higher in discovering what I want to say, be, and contribute to the world. Thanks to my contacts in this beautiful group, I’ve even made it to France. Twice. My heart runneth over with gratitude to these beautiful women!

Website: lindaqueally.com
Instagram: artbylindaqueally
Facebook: Linda Queally
Other: https://lindaqueally.etsy.com https://pixels.com/profiles/linda-queally?tab=artwork

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