Alumna's Art Inspiration Comes From Texas Wildflowers
Linda Calvert Jacobson, BA ‘90, a Floresville artist known for her unique painting style, was one of those kids who started drawing as soon as she could hold a crayon and never stopped from that moment on.
Her love for art would eventually turn into what is known today as Wildflower Art Gallery, the name of the art gallery she and her husband opened in Wimberley, Texas in 2015. However, it was not an easy road as she had to make the decision of converting her passion into a business - a process requiring detailed planning in order to mark its success.
“I made the decision to pursue my art seriously and created a sort of business plan that included several streams of income, from teaching art classes to freelance writing, so that I could paint more often and add sales of art to my overall income,” she said.
Being self-employed allowed her to set her own schedule which resulted in devoting more time to her art and eventually led to developing a unique wildflower painting style.
“I decided to have a theme and since I am a native Texan, Texas Wildflowers would be it. I was able to create a body of work with my distinctive interpretation of wildflowers and continued to build on this series and along the way, gained fans and collectors of my paintings,” she said.
As a student at Incarnate Word College, now the University of the Incarnate Word, she expanded her world view and further developed her appreciation for liberal arts - a stage in her life she still treasures to this day.
“I hold the idea of a liberal arts education in high regard,” Jacobson said. “Knowledge acquired from both the studio art classes and the art history/appreciation classes became part of my repertoire from which I draw upon to this very day when creating and painting.”
Being influenced by many great people during her time at Incarnate Word, Jacobson remembers a specific professor who expanded her thinking with his philosophy classes.
“Dr. Bob Connelly became a sort of moral compass for me,” she said. “When I had a problem that was weighing heavy on my mind, I could meet with him and he would help me talk through it. I always felt better after talking with Dr. Connelly.”
Impactful relationships is something Jacobson holds dear to her heart and she got to experience them firsthand while attending Incarnate Word.
“Something that has always stayed with me from my time at UIW is that there are good people in the world who open their hearts and provide assistance and mentoring, sometimes without even being asked,” she said. “Experiencing these kind souls played its own role shaping how I would in turn treat people and, hopefully, contribute to others' sense of significance and happiness.”
Just as meaningful relationships are key in students’ collegiate life, Jacobson stresses the importance of knowing how to expand art creativity into a business for those interested in making a career out of their work.
“If you are truly trying to create a career of being an artist, then your creativity has to not only go into your art but also into how you think about your art as a business,” she said. “Whether you are working for yourself or for someone else.”
To this day, Jacobson remains connected to the university in a special way. She likes to give back by donating paintings to the annual UIW Swing-In Auction Party, a fundraising event with proceeds going towards student scholarships.