DROOL: When do you feel you first found success in the world of art, and how have you grown since then?
Linny: I started embroidery at the beginning of quarantine. It was a pet project that I was posting on Instagram and it evolved rather quickly. I started with a few close friends’ cats, and then some acquaintance-type friends reached out. My list kept getting longer so I had to actually write everything down and get organized. Thus birthed NoFriends. Having people whom I’ve never met want to buy a piece I made- that’s just pure awesome, every time. To be honest.
DROOL: How did you discover your voice in art?
Linny: The first portrait I made was of a salty black cat named Pepper. I love the meditation aspect of embroidery, but staring at black thread for 9 hours was really boring. I decided after that to experiment with color. It’s been trial and error, orange doesn’t go with everything. But I’ll never go back to conventional colors.
DROOL: What compels you to keep driving forward as an artist? How do you aspire to grow as an artist this year?
Linny: Whenever I finish a portrait I literally think, “damn! I can’t believe I made that”. I have never felt that sort of validation in anything I have done. As long as people are interested in memorializing their pets – I can keep this thing going! Im exploring some other mediums for pet portraits, rug making and painting. But I am hoping to create some designs of my own. Animal-related of course.
"Plants, food, kids, they're fine. But, You know how if you stick your face into your dog's armpits they always smell like popcorn and sunshine? That's my double rainbow"
DROOL: What about dogs attracts you to them as subjects for your artwork?
Linny: Plants, food, kids, they’re fine. But, You know how if you stick your face into your dog’s armpits they always smell like popcorn and sunshine? That’s my double rainbow.
DROOL: Which do you prefer: dogs or people, and why?
Linny: I was a bartender in NYC for 14 years. Woof. I prefer dogs.
DROOL: If you had to choose one dog breed to characterize who you are, what breed would it be and why?
Linny: I think I’m a lot like my first dog, Dallas. She was a Catahoula leopard dog. Independent, strong-willed (stubborn), totally content to be alone. Really not into loud noises and sudden movements. Aloof to strangers but really loving and loyal to the people closest. Wait, am I her, or is she me?
DROOL: Anything else you want to share with the dog-loving humans of Earth?
Linny: Adopt don’t shop! And support your local artists.