Linda Rawlings retired to Stone County after 21 years of teaching art, 3-D design and photography. Her continuing photography work is inspired by the natural surroundings near her Round Bottom Road home, where she will open her home studio to the public for this year’s Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour.
“I am inspired everyday with all that surrounds me here in Mountain View near the White River,” she says. “The dawn, the dusk, the golden hour on the Handford Bluffs and the majestic, mighty river, all make me reach for my camera to record those once in a lifetime images to share with others.”
She also became interested in local history and has recorded images of several barns, school houses and homesteads that are local landmarks. She is intrigued by the stories of the American Indian and Civil War encampments along the river.
“I love the richness and the history of this area.”
She created note card sets with local images and will offer those during the tour, as well as matted prints, etchings, prints on canvas, metal prints and cyanotypes of various images.
During a recent trip to Oklahoma she discovered a wild mustang rescue program and enjoyed capturing images of the horses, noticing that the animals have distinct personalities. She will offer selected prints and merchandise with a portion of proceeds going to the rescue programs.
Other images reflect her love of traveling, giving her a wide range of subjects.
The studio itself reflects her varied artistic interests, with samples of her basketry and jewelry, which includes silversmithing, forging, and fused glass. She hopes that everyone who visits will find something of interest.