Interview with the artist - Jay and Linda from Gallery at Kingston

This interview is a little different from all the others. This time we don't have just one artist, but two! Say hello to Jay and Linda. Linda was so nice to answer some of my questions about her and her husband's Gallery at Kingston.

Wood sculpture dachshund

Tell us a little about who you are and where you come from.

We are Jay and Linda Cargill.
We retired to Lake Texoma in Oklahoma in 2009 and thought we would fish our life away. We Love the outdoors and everything there is to nature.
We love to travel and have a 5th wheel we take off in and enjoy all that God has to offer.

What's your craft and how did you get to do it in the first place?

I have always loved to craft and sew, and when we retired, I wanted a separate building just for all my crafting supplies. I have 3 sewing machines and can spend hours out there just being one busy beaver!!
I love to make banners which are quilts with applique pictures put on them. I have made many for Churches to hang on the walls with biblical scenes on them.
My husband discovered that one can only fish so much and became a little bored, and I realized he needed a hobby. I came up with the idea that he try creating some things with wood and created a monster. The first thing he made was a Black Panther, and he did a wonderful job on it, but he does not like to do the finish work! That has become my job, I do all the staining, painting and in most cases make the original patterns.
Needless to say I have very little time to do many of the crafts I used to do!!

Blue crochet scarf

Many of your wood pieces are animals, do you have pets yourself?

We have 3 dogs and we Love animals! Our life rotates around them. They go everywhere with us and are included in just about all of our activities.
Animals are all beautiful creatures and we both enjoy just watching all of them.
We were just drawn to making all the animals we make because they are so beautiful. The tiger is magnificent, the color, the movement and the wonder of that animal.

I think this is one of the most asked questions - what inspires you?

What inspires me, it would have to be all the beauty around me. I did not mention above that I also paint in acrylic and watercolor and I have an eye for colors and shapes. I see things many times that others around me don't observe and appreciate, and it makes me smile.

Tell us a fun thing about yourself.

I never ever look at life as a glass half full!! I am always laughing and enjoying everything I am doing. There is no greater joy than seeing someone smile or laugh out loud.
Jay is just a natural comedian and he always keeps things hopping around at home.

Abstract wood art

Do you do other crafts, if yes, what?

I love to sew, paint, crochet and yes, make jewelry!! I have many other things I want to try on my bucket list!!

Which one of your pieces is your absolute favorite? Which one was the hardest to make and why?

The Lion head is my favorite, there are 179 separate pieces to that project. Each piece was cut out and sanded and put back together again. This process gives each piece we make a lot of depth and texture. It took about 3 weeks to finish this project.

Wood sculpture lion head

The flying eagle was the hardest to make, there were 250 little pieces to that project.

Wood sculpture flying eagle

Is there someone whom you admire and who inspires you?

There are so many truly talented artists out there and they all inspire me. Each and every piece they make is unique in some way. I just love it when something just jumps out at me and really makes me take notice.

If you had free choice of just one supply you can use for your crafts, what would you be dreaming of, no matter how expensive?

This would have to be a Fabric's!! What girl would not like to have an endless supply of materials to create whatever comes to mind? I am dreaming now!!

Burnt orange handbag

Do you sell online, if yes, where can we find you?

You can find us on our website, at our Zibbet shop and at our Etsy shop. We are also on Pinterest.

Famous last words ;-) Is there anything else you want to tell the world out there?

For all artists - believe in yourself and great things will happen!!

Thank you for being here, Linda, and please give our regards to Jay. Keep up the great work!


  1. Thanks Cat!!
    You do a great Blog, and really appreciate the interview!!
    Jay and Linda

  2. Great interview! Love these artists! They are creative and innovative!

    1. Absolutely!
      Thank you for coming by to read the interview!

  3. Wonderful interview. Linda and Jay do amazing wood work.