We had the good fortune of connecting with Lynnda Rakos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lynnda, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
As a child I was drawn to creating, from doodling to designing dresses for my Barbie dolls. It was the one thing I could do that would make me feel so happy. Later, I saw that it would make other people smile when they saw my work. It was so fullfilling. I could spend hours doing something I loved, and never regret the time it took to create something.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I grew up surrounded by art, largely of my own making. As a teenager, my mother let me paint murals in all the rooms of our house in Montreal… each with a different theme…gnomes and drag- ons, African animals and a Japanese garden in the kitchen, which remains today. I was one of 40 students selected for the Graphics Program at Dawson College, during which time, my favorite summer job was painting the coin-operated horses in front of supermarkets and chain stores. I married young and moved from Canada to LA where I worked as a children’s clothing designer for several years. I didn’t come into my own as an artist until after my husband’s death. As a way to work through my grief to happiness, I started painting robots and spaceships and I haven’t stopped since. My style has grown so much in the past few years. I started out wanting to be a children’s book artist , but now I am in love with making pop portraits of celebrities in imaginative and unexpected ways. I create powerful, colorful, and provocative statements in my paintings. Inspired by mid-century art, vibrant graphic images, and the ever-changing sensibilities of pop culture,
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Whenever my friends come out to visit me in LA. Of course they all want to go see the usual places like Beverly Hills, Sunset strip, Hollywood and of course the beach. After all that I love to take them to the eclectic part of LA, like Silver Lake and Echo Park. Also love to see the fabulous architecture around the city. My favorite restaurant to bring them to is Vinh Loi Tofu in Reseda. The best vegan Vietnamese restaurant.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to thank my husband David Harvey for all is support and pushing me constantly.