Personal Experiences

Born 18 May 1966,

Tragedy struck when Linda was one year old when her father was accidentally killed in a farming accident. Her older sister, Annette, was only 4. This had a devastating effect on their mother's health and despite marrying again and having another child, Duane, Hazel's health eventually declined and she died at age 59 in 2004. Despite these sad events, Linda's life has been filled with love, laughter, adventure and excitement.

In 1986 she married Brian who has been her soul mate.  His passion for sailing, scuba diving and adventure has greatly influenced her life and her art. 

Linda grew up in Grafton, NSW.

Scuba tickets NAUI October 1985 - November 1987, Advanced Dive Master.

Married Brian Forrester on 16 February 1986

Worked from 1985 to 1988 at GJ Kennedy & Co (Macksville, NSW);

Travelled to the Kiribati Islands in January 1988 to help build a medical centre

Set sail on a 26 ft monohull named 'Reepicheep' from the Macleay River NSW in August 1988 and headed up the east coast of Australia to arrive in the Whitsundays on the 5 November 1988.

Worked from 1988 to 1993 at Whitsunday Surveys (Airlie Beach, QLD)

Haley was born April 1993

Lived at 19 Pringle Road, Cannonvale, QLD 1993 - 2006

Back to work 1994 - 1995 at Whitsunday Surveys

Damon was born October 1995

Joined Art Whitsunday in 1996 - 2006

Moved onto our sailing vessel 'Drumbeat' 2005

Distant member of Art Whitsunday from 2006 - 2011

Travelled to Vanuatu on 'Drumbeat' (sailing catamaran) 2007 and again in 2008

Returned to the Whitsundays permanently September 2008

Lived at 7 Henderson Street, Cannon Valley, QLD 2008 - 2017

Active member of Art Whitsunday from 2011 - 2018

Started teaching Art in Private studio 2011

Worked at Whitsunday Christian College as Senior Studies Administrator and Creative Arts Teacher 2008 - 2014.

Three months in Nepal April - June 2013 - Transform the Nations/Educate Nepal, to help set up a training centre for young women and girls who had been rescued from prostitution in India.

Haley married Casey Vogel April 2015

Sailed to the Solomon Islands July - August 2015

Started BA Fine Art through OUA - Curtin University November 2015

Travelled to Bali - February 2016

Sailed to the Solomon Islands June - August 2016

Damon married Cheyanne Kirby - September 2016, Separated 2018.

Travelled to Lombok - February 2017

Sailed to the Solomon Islands June - September 2017

Established Creative Connections September 2017

Painted three Murals at the Proserpine Hospital - 2 in children's rooms, 1 in palliative care 2018

Sailed to the Solomon Islands August - November 2018