Artist Linda Marquis is thankful to her nieces and nephews, who inspired her to paint children as her subject matter.
Marquis, 57, paints young children and animals, but has no formal training in art.
She developed an interest in art when she owned and operated a crafts store in Glendale in the 1970s.
Marquis took an art class as a means of expanding her knowledge about her business.
She discovered she enjoyed painting and decided to develop her own niche.
Her oil paintings of children interacting with animals or taking part in routine tasks, are favorite among art buyers.
Marquis has 18 of her oil paintings displayed at Just Coffee in Glendale through July 7.