Cannabis Community Spotlight: Meet Artist Linda Biggs
Name and title: Linda Biggs, International Fantasy Artist
Q: Tell us about your company, Rainbow Fairy Art:
Ahh, well My Rainbow Art World is how I choose to live it. Since I was a child, I saw the world through rainbow colored glasses. Even when there was/is much stress and chaos, I still find myself wallowing in a fantasy realm. It is way, safer mentally than the real world.
I live in an 1829 converted chestnut barn, in Baltimore and the little Fantasy Barn is just that, my rainbow world. It’s filled with rainbows, creepy dolls, eclectic furniture and my Fairies in every inch of the place, and my loyal cat, Mr. Kitty.
"My art works are a timeline of peaceful and tragic events from my life. Many of the collected pieces are dark in subject matter, but wrapped up in a pretty rainbow, taking your mind down a visually happier path."
I am dyslexic and art is a way to express myself. As a self-taught artist, my art is an expression of my real life experiences. My art works are a timeline of peaceful and tragic events from my life. Many of the collected pieces are dark in subject matter, but wrapped up in a pretty rainbow, taking your mind down a visually happier path.
I create large, 20 x 30 watercolor paintings and black and white pencil drawings. Once the art image is completed, through many revisions, (sometimes as much as 25 prelims before I complete a piece, each new piece of art takes months from concept to final). At that point the final art becomes part of the Linda Biggs Collection. It becomes copyrighted, professionally scanned, and we create gallery prints, note cards and various products are created with each image.
Q: Many say that art has healing properties. Can you tell us about how and why you sometimes depict cannabis in your art work?
They do say that, "that my art has healing properties", and I really don't know exactly why. Maybe it's because, I have exposed my real self, my real life without filters. That includes my family through love, children, loss, divorce and even exposing a near death accident. See, we are all really very much the same through trial and celebrations. Maybe people can compare the visual art to emotions they've experienced during a similar time in their own lives. I believe my arts' colorful nature brings about a peaceful closure even in the darkest moments.
Cannabis! That has become current and probably a continuous phase of work that I am creating. Not because of hype, nor fad. I suffered a near death accident in 2012, left with a permanent TBI (traumatic brain injury) neuralgia, spinal damage, and endless chronic pain. My life was over as I knew it. With much trial and error, physical therapy, doctors, and pills coming out my ears. I was ready to give up on this thing called, life. Cannabis never crossed my mind, I had never used it. A friend suggested it as a last ditch resort. I was like, "WTF?" I was actually insulted, but I listened and I started researching it. This plant sounded too good to be true. I asked the spine doctor about medicating with cannabis and he said "what do you have to lose?" My cannabis process began 3 years ago with researching, making my own cannabutter, and medicating every other night. This magical plant literally saved my life. It gave me hope.
"The art depicting cannabis, shows the decision between cannabis and Oxycodone, and other man-made drugs."
Cannabis is now a huge part of my life. The art depicting cannabis, shows the decision between cannabis and Oxycodone, and other man-made drugs. I also created a painting with a Native American Princess, surrounded by the cannabis plant as well.
Q. Does cannabis help your creative process?
Yes, Cannabis does influence my work, because it allows me to live life with less pain, and more confidence that tomorrow will be ok. From a mind altering perspective, no not at all, my reality is far from the norm. People used to ask me what drugs I used to create my works, I laughed and said none. Now, I would not be able to create without cannabis.
Q. Can you tell us how cannabis has impacted your life?
In a few words, Cannabis gave me my life back. As I mentioned above, I had lost all hope, the physical pain from the accident made my days and nights endless. I can now sleep, eat, go to the gym, do my art, and frankly live like a normal person. Yes, I am handicapped, but I now live life again, I have a new normal. I am so thankful I was open minded enough to try it. I cannot imagine where I would be if I had not taken that leap of faith.
Q. What did you think of the first National Cannabis Festival and what are you hoping to see this year?
The first National Cannabis Festival was such an uplifting eye opener for me. Everyone was so positive, happy, and open minded. I am so glad I was able to attend to take it all in. I am hopeful that the 2nd Annual National Cannabis Festival reaches people from every mile of the USA. It is an event that has endless possibilities. I hope to see even more diversity. I am hoping to see everything I can.
Q. How can folks reach you?
My websites: http://www.lindabiggs.com/ and http://www.lindabiggs.net/
Meet Linda and check out her art in the National Cannabis Festival vendor village on April 22nd!