"Visions of Earth: Seeing with the Mind's Eye"
April 14 - May 20, 2017
Opening Weekend Schedule:
April 14: Noon - 8:00 PM (Artist Talk 3:00 PM)
April 15: Noon - 8:00 PM (Artist Talk 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM)
April 16 - May 20: By Appointment
Visions of Earth: Seeing with the Mind’s Eye
Tall grass glistens in warm sunlight and wind gently rustles through distant trees. I hear the sound of robins and sparrows and look up at the azure sky. I take a deep breath and close my eyes. It’s the earth as she is to me: captivating, nurturing, stunning, and seemingly indestructible. I am overwhelmed with love of the light and colors I see in nature.
With my camera, I take snap shots of the landscape to reference while I paint. However, my true inspiration comes from what I think of as the “Mind’s Eye”. While I stand in front of a blank canvas, I am not guided by photographs that my eyes see. I am guided by the vibrant images in my mind formed from memories of places visited. The colors, intricacies, and emotions are translated from my mind to my brush. The paintings become my story, and they allow me share how I experience the world. Raw energy and furious color give way to subtle light and technical compositions. Drippy paint represents the diminishing wild land, reminding the viewer that nothing is permanent. Calculated lines force themselves across the canvas, just as computers and technology have taken over our planet.
While I am lucky enough to live in a body that takes me places, and am equipped with a mind that can process nature’s beauty, I am troubled by what my own species has done to a world that has given us so much. My purpose is to illustrate this dilemma and connect with those who share similar thoughts. I look forward to future exploration and continuing to developing the way in which I tell my story.
About Lindsay Saunders...
Best known for her colorful and vibrant landscape oil paintings, Lindsey has been greatly influenced by the shifting natural surroundings throughout her life. Born and raised in Wyoming, Lindsey is inspired by the dramatic high plains landscape, and more recently, has captured the lush, rugged beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Lindsey received her BFA from University of Great Falls in Montana, where she focused on anatomy and physiology drawings. Over the past several years, she has discovered the joy in painting, using both people and the environment as subjects. She carefully observes and photographs her surroundings, finding great meaning in portraying them in a simultaneously realistic and surreal manner. Lindsey’s work has been featured on Season Five of the popular television series Portlandia, as well on the PSU TV document series, The East Side.
Her work has been called “other worldly,” “romantic,” “reverent,” and “haunting.” After capturing snapshots of her imagination, dreams, or the outdoors, Lindsey translates these images into paintings using abundant light and layers, incorporating bold colors that dance and drip down the canvas. The warm and peaceful space created by her work invites viewers to step into a vibrant and vivacious world.
A highly prolific and dynamic painter, Lindsey is quickly maturing as a professional, learning from each painting she makes. As her original work becomes increasingly sought after, she is driven to spend more time in the studio creating. Constantly evaluating and improving her own work, Lindsey is beginning to catch the eye of art lovers in the Northwest and beyond.