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Patty Forte Linna

I love painting. I always enjoyed drawing women's faces. As a young girl, my dream was to do the illustrations on sewing patterns. Instead I followed a more 'rational' path and received a business degree and worked in the corporate world for several years. I took art classes on the side...even taught art to children but never seriously thought of a career as an artist.

I felt an inner urge to start painting as part of my worship to God. It seemed to be a rather obscure thought but I began to paint and draw more regularly and pray and sing while I was doing it. If you saw some of my early work, you would want to pray too! And, if you heard me sing you might just become a convert if you thought it would stop me. Before I knew it, my art and my worship became intertwined and I began to feel God's pleasure as I painted.

Within a few years I think I single handedly supported the retail art supply economy in the greater Seattle area. My husband "gently" encouraged me to spend less money or start selling paintings. After thirteen years now I've had wonderful journey.  I've been blessed to be a part of a thriving art community in the Pacific Northwest and paint regularly with crazy artist friends. My husband and son are my biggest supporters. And...I feel like I am doing what I was created for.

I hope to open everyone up to the joy of painting in my classes through immense encouragement, lots of laughter, and a focus on honing and crafting their skill.