Pam Dudding-Burch
Contributing writer

When it comes to creativity, some people possess a natural talent and then there are those who are genuinely gifted. Linda Bostic Smith is both. Over the years she has used her gift to create breathtaking drawings.


At the age of two, Linda Bostic Smith started putting her gifts of art onto paper. Her recent artwork of Santa with a happy cow garnered much attention on Facebook.

At age two, Smith started drawing. “I’ve always had an unquenchable thirst to create art driven from inspiration,” she said. “Even from a young age, requests from friends to create art drew me in.”

Charcoal and pastel drawings, as well as acrylic and oil paintings, are Smith’s favorites. She also enjoys some egg tempera. Her outside influences consist of P. Buckley Moss, Nadine Allen, Robert Tuckwiller, Darcy Meeker, Barbara Capps, Lyndall Mason and Lois Hinkle.

“People and animals are a favorite of mine to create, especially portraits,” Smith said. However, I do love Appalachian montages and cowboy theme pieces.”

In sharing her story, Smith said that she lives in Elliston, Virginia, in a “humble log cabin” that she helped…



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