Lina Forrester shares her
life of self-exploration through illustrative art.

When Lina Forrester talks about art, her whole face lights up. It’s instantly noticeable that being an artist comes naturally to her and is the core of who she is. Her work is truly inspirational, and being creative is something Lina began learning at an early age. 

“My parents were both writers and very creative people, so I was constantly creating something and making things such as books,” Lina says. “I’ve always been independent and trying to find an outlet. I was always open to trying new things.” 

Throughout her 20s, she aspired to follow in her parent’s footsteps with writing. But Lina has also loved photography and creating art since she was a kid, so when she had the chance to become a stay-at-home mom to her now 11-year-old daughter, she began creating art professionally. She started creating and selling her artwork in galleries until the pandemic closed everything. However, she didn’t let this hold her back. She continued to create art and used social media to share her creations and connect to a broader community. She also began teaching intuitive art in Jefferson City. 

“Sometimes, we don’t know what we are feeling until we slow down and experience it.”

Lina Forrester

Intuitive art is automatic drawing, and you are tapping into your subconscious,” Lina explains. “It is a surrealistic technique. I call myself a professional scribbler.” 

Lina creates all sizes of intuitive art, including prints and originals, which she sells on her website. She also showcases her art at Art in the Park in Columbia and Porchfest in Jefferson City. She loves seeing people’s reactions to her art and the feelings they experience. 

“Art is play; it’s fun,” Lina says. “It’s not something I’ve taken seriously; it’s my inner child. When I mess up, the whole world doesn’t fall on top of me. My art is all feelings-based. Feelings determine what colors or medium I use — whether people can see it or it’s cluttered in my brain. I sometimes go slow with the color; it’s like writing a diary one slow color at a time.”  

Lina has created a variety of illustrations, including cats in full-fashion garb and humorous stickers. During the toughest part of the pandemic, she created the Bunnified Project online. She asked her followers on social media to post a picture of themselves,  and she drew them as bunnies. She drew 150 bunnies, bringing a bright spot to people when things were dark. 

“I needed the pick me up, and others really did, too,” she says. 

In addition to creating art, Lina hosts online classes, shares her techniques through Instagram reels, and teaches people about art through the art club at Capital Arts. Recently, her art club students learned to design stickers and create coloring book pages. Through all mediums of art, she hopes her students can embrace the imperfection and enjoyment that art can create in their lives. 

“One of my students likes to refer to my class as ‘finger painting for grown-ups,’” Lina shares. “It’s an intuitive art class where adults learn how to scribble out their feelings, and I think people always feel so much better when they come to these classes. Sometimes, we don’t know what we are feeling until we slow down and experience it.” 

For a new artist wanting to develop their craft, Lina’s advice is simple and straightforward. 

“Don’t try to paint the Mona Lisa,” she says. “Just draw and have fun.” 

For more information on Lina Forrester’s art or her classes, visit her website at linaforrester.com or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok.