WWW: Linda, the Gorge knows you primarily as an amazing glass artist, but lately you’ve been creating and selling beautiful photographs of birds and other wildlife. What’s behind your recent interest in photography?
LS: As an artist, I’ve played with glass and fire, fiber and beads, jewelry, pastels, watercolor and oil. I’ve taken pictures since my tenth birthday when I received a Kodak Instamatic camera. I seem to have come full circle with photography now taking a front seat in my life. My love for nature is driving my current passion for photographing birds and animals in their environment.
WWW: Your images are clearly inspired by the world around you – do you have a favorite subject?
LS: I am especially captivated and challenged with trying to capture birds in flight. This past January I photographed Bald Eagles at Lyle Point – it was a frosty 10 degrees out, but I got great images! I was in the right place at the right time this Spring at the Tualatin Hills Nature Park; I watched a family of Pileated Woodpeckers as the youngest chick fledged. I also enjoyed documented a family of Osprey in the Bingen Marina from tiny chicks to fledge from Spring thru Summer. I have recently been photographing birds and wildlife for the Conboy National Wildlife Refuge.
WWW: Where can we see your images?
LS: I post my bird images as well as butterflies, bees and other critters on my blog and Facebook page. I publish my images as all occasion greeting cards and as prints on metal, canvas and paper. You can make a purchase online from my website; the greeting cards are also available from Hood River Stationers. I am participating in several upcoming art festivals (White Salmon Fall Art Tour) and gallery shows (‘Snow’ at Columbia Arts) where you can also see my work.
WWW: What are you working on at present?
LS: I’m co-curating a show for Columbia Arts, ‘Fine Feathered Friends’ which will debut in March 2015.