VisualSmilesGallery

Visual Smiles Gallery

Texas, United States · 84 Sales

VisualSmilesGallery

Visual Smiles Gallery

Texas, United States 84 Sales On Etsy since 2008

0 out of 5 stars
(57)

Announcement   Welcome to my shop! All my work is handmade using mediums of all kinds. The work you see here are all originals except for my cards and prints. All my cards come with a laser print on cardstock. Most of them are 8 by 11" I hope you enjoy and at least leave with a SMILE!
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Member of the Etsy Texas Crafter, the Magical Holiday Artists, Artisans of Houston, TT Team
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Announcement

Welcome to my shop! All my work is handmade using mediums of all kinds. The work you see here are all originals except for my cards and prints. All my cards come with a laser print on cardstock. Most of them are 8 by 11" I hope you enjoy and at least leave with a SMILE!
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Member of the Etsy Texas Crafter, the Magical Holiday Artists, Artisans of Houston, TT Team
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Linda Gay Jones

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Linda Gay Jones

Reviews

No reviews in the last year

Anonymous on Jan 19, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

I love love love this art for my Sister, she is going to be so happy with her birthday present! Thank you!

Anonymous on Aug 31, 2011

5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful seller, top-notch communication, very nice cards.

Anonymous on Aug 11, 2011

5 out of 5 stars

LOVE IT!!!!

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About

Visual Smiles Gallery

Although my Etsy address is LindaGJ.Etsy.com, I titled my little business "Visual Smiles Gallery" because my art always seems to end up giving people smiles. My whimsical art is natural and I do escape to a whimsical world when I work.
My shop started when I was a school teacher of art to little kids and I used to tell stories of my funny fat cat named Peanut. I wrote and illustrated a couple of books about her and sell prints from those books. The "Itty Bitty Kitty from New York City".I can recall the kids chanting those words over and over again. I also worked on a Haunted House where I learned how to make paper mache. I made one Peanut, and then more in different costumes way back in the mid 90's. I also went through a tragedy as my fiance was shot and killed by a drive by in LA. I was all about angels, so I made tons of angels as well. Then a co-worker at one of my Special Event jobs asked me to make her a big fish with big lips. There came the fish!!! I eventually took my work to a popular shop and they loved my work so I started selling there! I found 4 other stores to sell my work and they all sold very well. That's when the economy was good.I found out about Etsy through a friend and decided to try it out. This way I could make most of my money compared to the 50% taken off selling at shops. My style is changing gradually because of an illness that has me endure a lot of pain all over my body. So the only things that are strictly paper mache are my big fish and small angels. I discovered polymer clay a bit easier on my hands and I reinforce my cooked clay with paper mache. The Betty Boop head was a commissioned piece and it's all paper mache except for the eyes, spikes in her hair, nose , and lips. I then fell in love with mixed media on canvas and have sold many pieces. It's much nicer to my hand pain and I love doing it. I look at my detailed watercolor art when I was younger and healthy and can't believe I did it!!! I can still paint though every once in a while. I will add some pieces to my photos to show my detailed work. My inspiration on my Brazilian theater group in NYC where I helped out in wardrobe, just shows how much I truly loved them! I have also worked for celebrity musicians and have gotten to travel a lot along with living in NYC for 12 years and Oahu for 2 years when I graduated from a Performing and Visual Art High School in my hometown, Houston. I once got to travel to Rio for a show and took a little plane to San Paulo to stay with them for a month!!! We were also in the San Paulo Carnival and won 1st place and got our picture in one ot their magazines! They were famous in San Paulo, but I found out that celebrities aren't the same as it is here. They barely get minimum wage, even working in tv episodes and there surely isn't any paparazzi! I also got my BFA in college. Being disabled now has made me work at my own pace, no more Art Festivals, etc. But I continue to do as much as I can with my Art that always tells a story until I can't produce anymore. If you want a story about a particular pieces that I overlooked, please get in touch with me where it says: convo. I love to meet people so feel welcome at my shop and sending me an e-mail! At least. I hope ya'll get a few smiles visiting my shop!
PS: I will add more info so Ya'll come back soon! :)
Also check out my Flickr page at: http://flickr.com/photos/VisualSmilesGallery.com
You can see more of my work in detail and some write ups about me!

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  • Linda Gay Jones

    Owner, I Make Everything From An Idea And Scratch

    I'm the redhead in the photo above and made the Betty Boop Head. No tellin' how I did it, but I just made it up as I went. That goes true with all of my pieces.

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Last updated on September 14, 2011

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