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Meet Linda M. Barrett

Today we’d like to introduce you to Linda M. Barrett.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Like Voyage Chicago, I do believe everyone has a story to tell… everyone is a story. With lots of twists and turns, high points and lows – even surprises one cannot see coming. That’s life. As a kid, I always had a camera in I’m hand. I even brought a movie camera to my Catholic grade school to film glimpses of our “everydayness.” Those fleeting moments of youth, of nuns moving down the hallways, kids acting goofy for the camera. It was magic. Then, many years later, seeing those flickering images as sweet faces of innocence. Mine was, and still is, a love of all parts of a story from the images, to the words; even better if they were tactile letter pressed impressions of words on the paper. Handmade paper in fact. These pieces were so intriguing, that while my College undergrad Degree from SIU (3rd in the nation at the time) was in Photography, with a double minor in marketing and journalism, I went back to Columbia College for Grad school to get my MA in the Book & Paper Arts. Having control of every part of the delivery of the message, including that tactile nature of a story complete with images was a gift. Having that kind of ability to create these books/boxes felt so amazing. But… in the end, I always kept coming back to the images, to photography. That is my strongest passion.

Please tell us about your art.
Photography is my art form. From the messy, goofy spontaneous moments, to the glamorous ones – where people don’t always believe they have those within themselves – I love it all! Getting to show someone those moments in prints, while also allowing them to experience them physically while I’m taking the photos – can often create visceral memories of the experience. Let me tell you, that is something so extraordinary about my profession… having the ability to make those kinds of connections is priceless.

When not doing portraits, I love to do personal work. Many of these pieces include moody landscapes evocative of a more dream state quality – very different from my people work. The wonderful thing is that Photography, allows me to capture so many facets of life. Some meant to show people how beautiful they are, how enchanting light can make a scene, or how a landscape can become an entire story unto itself. It’s all so wonderful!

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
Art has the power to show people things they may never get to see, experience things they might avoid feeling, or tell people what they never thought was possible. Art is powerful. It always has been throughout history, and I hope and pray it stays the force that is often unexplainable but so necessary to humanity.

After graduation from Grad school, I made myself a promise that I would support the arts and/or an artist personally each year by creating an “art buying budget.” This budget would allow me to buy one piece of art every year. Since then – even though the funds may have fluctuated based on my financial circumstances – I have not wavered in finding ways to acquire little/big pieces of art each year since I graduated. From pottery and blown glass to encaustics, paintings, sculptures, and handmade books… they each have a special memory for me, all while supporting someone else’s talents.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can view my portrait work on my website at and can contact me for their studio or location session via email: (also a form on my website). They can also check on recent shoots on my Facebook page:
along with a variety of moments on my Instagram page:

While I don’t presently have any exhibits of up of my landscape work – I do have some new 30″x30″ and 12″x12″ prints available for purchase or private viewing at my studio – located at 25 Spring Street, Cary, IL 60013. Come visit me!

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Image Credit:
all photos are copyright Linda M Barrett

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