Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Lyndy Bush. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Lyndy , appreciate you joining us today. What’s been the most meaningful project you’ve worked on?
The most meaningful project I have worked on so far is my current body of work. It took me years to learn how to paint but took even longer to understand what I want to paint and why. Through a meandering search to find what I “Want to Say” with my art, I kept being drawn back to my roots in Southern New Mexico. I was initially hesitant to paint personal imagery and kept looking outward for some large meaningful imagery that could resonate with people. Despite this search, I kept going back to New Mexico sunsets and the un-idealistic Southwestern views that I grew up with. At a certain point, I threw in the towel and started painting what was always right in front of me, literally. It was hard to come to the realization that my perspective and story were “enough”. What I have learned is that the authenticity of producing work that is so personal resonates with my audience more than any other theme I have chosen to date.
Lyndy , before we move on to more of these sorts of questions, can you take some time to bring our readers up to speed on you and what you do?
I am a Native New Mexican oil painter born March 1987, in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and am currently working from my studio in Highlands Ranch, CO. I learned to appreciate and create art from my mother, who is an artist as well. I studied Anthropology at NMSU and this background brings an ethnographic approach to my work. After moving to Colorado in 2014 I fell in love with the Colorado scenery but feel a deep connection to the Southern New Mexican landscape I grew up in. My work is the story of my life and I welcome you into my story through each piece.
I am an oil painter with the goal of documenting the small beautiful moments in life from my perspective. I paint autobiographical works that use depth and atmosphere to visually capture the personal meaning of the world around me. My medium of choice is oil paint and my work focuses on painting the landscapes and imagery that tell my experience. I am drawn to representational southwestern oil painting and want to contribute my story to this beautiful genre. While I work representationally, I am less drawn to photorealistic details. Each piece is a challenge, where I strive to capture the spirit of the subject by balancing abstraction and detail.
What do you think is the goal or mission that drives your creative journey?
The main goal driving my creative journey is to add my own perspective of the Southwest to a thriving genre of art. When I look at what is currently out there, I see idealized versions of the west and perspectives that don’t necessarily match mine. I thoroughly enjoy this genre and the work that is out there, but I want to add my story to the mix as well.
We often hear about learning lessons – but just as important is unlearning lessons. Have you ever had to unlearn a lesson?
I had to unlearn what it meant to “Have your own voice”. I feel like people interpret and teach this statement as having to have some deep, lofty, meaningful goal that has the potential to change the world. What I have learned, is that making things that are authentic and true to yourself is enough. Your perspective is valuable and will resonate with people. You will make an impact by documenting what you see and how you see it. Just do the work, make the art, and get it out there!
- Website: www.LyndyBush.com
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