Today we’d like to introduce you to Lina Rincon-Hoover.
Lina, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I began creating art in my native country of Colombia when I was about 10 years old. Even at that young age I was fascinated with art, design and creative things. I continued to cultivate that passion throughout school, ending with receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Art. After leaving college, I worked in the interior design field for a while eventually operating my own design company. A few years later I moved with my then husband and daughter to Tampa, Fl. While the relocation and change was best for my family, I had to abandon art for a while. Without contacts and experiencing a language barrier, I had to work at what I could find. Change continued in my life as my husband and I separated and I became a single mother. Again doing what I had to do, I found myself in the teaching field. I began to dabble with my art off and on as time permitted. Eventually change came again when I met my current husband. All these changes did finally allow me to get back into painting again. Shortly after our marriage we moved to Frisco and then things really took off. I had the time and resources to really dive into painting again after many years. I became involved with the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco which gave me the opportunity to network and display my art. I eventually was appointed to the Board of the Guild and continue in that role today. The years away from painting really set my career behind, but things have really picked up in the last couple of years as I have painted more and more and had the opportunity to exhibit my works in multiple locations and events. I currently teach art for a school in Frisco because I love exposing young children to art and teaching them about it. When not in school I am painting as much as possible preparing for shows and exhibiting whenever I can. The business side of my art is just starting to gain some traction and I am looking forward to building it, hoping to eventually have my own gallery.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a smooth ride at all. In fact it has been quite bumpy. Besides all the life changes I mentioned before, our family had a series of health issues that were almost too much to handle and almost unbelievable. It started in 2016 when my husband, Ron, went for a routine checkup that ended up with him having emergency Quadruple Bypass surgery 10 days later. Although his recovery was remarkable, being released to work, drive and conduct normal activities after only three weeks instead of the normal two to three months, there was an unexpected employment issue while he was out. So now, we not only had to deal with his health, we had to worry about our financial state as well. The bright side of this was I immersed myself in my painting as an escape from it all. Just when we thought things were back to normal six months later, we again were thrown a medical curve when I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. I had to go through radiation and a full thyroidectomy. While everything was going fine with my recovery, during a routine follow up a couple of weeks later it was found that I now had Endometrial cancer. Two totally different and unrelated cancers in a five week period was almost more than I could comprehend. I had a full hysterectomy and not only was still reeling from the diagnoses but I now had to deal with the emotional train wreck that comes with that surgery and its aftermath. I did eventually recover and my art once again became my focus. Then, almost exactly a year after my issues, my daughter began to inexplicably begin losing weight. Things got worst with her losing 50 pounds in two months. We took her to the hospital and unbelievably she was diagnosed with a thyroid condition as well. She also had to have her Thyroid removed. So my family, although we are all survivors and proud of it, have been through more than any one family should have to. In the end though it made me appreciate my art and only strengthened my resolve to continue working hard to build my business.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am a professional artist and an art teacher. I do both under the primary business name of Artitude but my paintings are done under Art by L. Rincon. My style, mediums, subjects and designs vary, sometimes largely. While I enjoy commissioned pieces and painting what a customer wants, I enjoy painting what I feel at the time. I find inspiration everywhere and that leads to the variety of works. I believe this variety is what I am known for. As a young company, I have few tangible things to feel proud of or point out, but what makes me most proud is seeing my art move someone or create an emotional connection between my work and the person. Currently I am trying to find a balance between the creative side of being an artist and creating works that I enjoy and the commercial side of starting a business and producing product that people want. What sets me apart are the things I have discussed here. My background, my history, my struggles and my passion for art all make me stand out just as those same things do for most artists. Part of the beauty and fascination with art is that it is so totally universal and yet is created individually by individuals.
What were you like growing up?
I was born in Colombia and due to my father’s job we moved multiple times during my childhood. Despite that I was a happy child. My family was very close, possibly because of our relocating often, and we did everything together. I was always outside playing and enjoying my friends. It was hard to get me to come inside. I was good in school and participated in athletics as well. I loved animals, especially horseback riding. As I said earlier, I became interested in art early on.
- Website: artitudeart.com
- Phone: (813) 541-7548
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/artitudeartist
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LinaRinconHoover/