Linda Bickerton-Ross is an artist and photographer, and one of the founders of the Langley Community Music School.
If you could give your past self some advice, what would you say?
My mother always said, “Make good memories, they’ll last you a lifetime”.
As a founder of the Langley Community Music School, a teacher and principal in public education, and now as a photographer, I believe I am creating a legacy of good memories. So, to my past self, I would simply say, “Well done!”
When you first started your career, how did you know you were ready and what made you start?
Not once did I feel ready when I began my ventures. Whether founding the Music School, entering a classroom as a first-time teacher, or beginning my photography journey, I was naïve enough to be undaunted by age, inexperience, or lack of background. Optimistically, I forged ahead, confident in my vision, creative skills, and determination.
What or who has been your greatest influence in the arts?
One of the first influences in my early life was receiving a small Kodak Brownie camera from my parents. That childhood thrill of visual capture is still a strong memory for me. Twelve years ago, this pursuit was reignited when I joined a photography club. As a new member, I had the opportunity to exhibit three still-life photographs at the Surrey Art Gallery. My fascination with galleries awakened, I began to imagine my future photography hanging on gallery walls.
What is your number one business goal to accomplish this year?
I want to focus on commission work. Photography is an expensive venture when you begin printing in various sizes and materials. It also takes a fair amount of preparation time to select, edit and print works for exhibition. Although current online galleries have made this easier in the current year of Covid 19, I believe a focus on commission work will be more rewarding for both my clients and for me as an artist.