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A Boy with His Stick by the Sea
By Linda Hinson




Not for Sale

Artist Statement

About the Artist

During the pandemic my daughter and son in law moved to Nova Scotia. They lived in a very small community, on an island, far removed from covid. Although I found peace knowing how safe she and my new grandson were, I mourned the loss of his first 6 months of life. Seeing his sweet face on my easel helped me to feel like I could in some way touch him.

After teaching art in Montgomery County Public Schools for 33 years, I am now retired and able to devote more time to my own work. For the past two years I have concentrated my efforts on charcoal portraits. My hope is that as soon as a viewer looks at the portrait, their eyes instantly settle on the subject. The pose, the clothing and most importantly, the face should tell a story.


The past two years I have centered my efforts around a series of drawings based on a medical mission to Zambia.  I saw absolute poverty, unthinkable wounds and diseases considered either treatable or eradicated in my own culture. However, I also witnessed endless compassion, pure altruism and most importantly, hope. It took several months to digest what I had seen and accomplished but I then began a series of drawings that helped me to both record and come to terms with what I had experienced and achieved. This journey helped me to realize that although I enjoyed doing commissioned drawings of others’ adored pets and family members, creating art based on my own experience was the true reward.


Once the pandemic took over our lives and I was unable to visit my new grandson, instead of being sad, I tried to celebrate his days in Nova Scotia and the simple wonders he was discovering. Again drawing on my own experiences and feelings, A Boy with his Stick by the Sea, helped me feel joy and pride instead of longing and sadness.