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Linda Bishop, in her own words:
"I have had a love of art for as far back as I can remember. As a child I excelled in drawing and painting, winning awards and accolades from an early age. As I grew older, I put my art aside to pursue a singing career. I always felt however that I would turn back to the one thing that was constant for me, but being away from it for so long taught me that you can not take even natural talents for granted.
I found it difficult at first but I eventually got back into my groove and opened a sign shop in Squamish, my home town. After four years, I moved on to Vancouver where I freelanced for five years, working for clients like The Richmond Auto Mall, Denny's, Troll's Restaurant and many other small businesses. I soon learned that the booming film industry was in dire need of freehand sign painters.
For close to ten years, I had the privilege of working alongside some of the best scenic and sign artists in the business. While still working in the film and television industry we moved to Mission.
I started to study with an impressionist painter by the name of Ron Hedrick. For the first time, I began to paint in oils. I fell in love with art all over again. The Stave Falls Artist group was formed of which I am a founding member. I grew so quickly being surrounded by other artists that were constantly raising the bar. Eventually the long hours and commute took it's toll on both my husband and I, and we found ourselves needing a slower pace of life.
We moved to Hope in December 2005 where we have enjoyed doing more of the activities we love."