In the atelier today is artist Lynn Mackenzie, another Twitter connection. What first popped into my head when I saw her work is the word "soulful". I see yearning and reaching out, striving for connection. The colors are deep and lush, warm and enveloping. And if eyes are the window to the soul, don't you feel you can see right into the soul of these figures?
In her own words, here is Lynn Mackenzie:
1) What path led you to your life as an artist?
All my life I wanted to be an artist, but it wasn’t always easy. At art school I struggled to try to please all the tutors and really lost my direction for a while. After art school I didn’t paint for many years as I felt I had lost the ability and confidence, then a few years ago, my doctor suggested I give up the stressful job I was in at the time and go back to art –I have never looked back! It is something I have to do, if I don’t create I begin to feel lost.
2) Please describe three sources of inspiration for your art.
My surroundings – I live in a stunningly beautiful area of Scotland which is immersed in myths and legend but am also now becoming more fascinated with other cultures as well. People and invisible connections between each other and the world as a whole entity – what makes us connect with some but not others, what triggers belief in a certain faith, humanity in general. Words – a phrase, a poem, a single word said in a certain way can trigger a work.
3) What was the last item you brought home from a trip? Where did you go, and why that item?
A painting painted by an Indian artist I had met through social networking, Shinod Akkaraparambil– I attended an international art symposium in Elabuga, Russia, which he also attended and we arranged to swop an artwork there. The 10 days spent there creating and talking with 33 other artists was an amazing experience which has inspired to me to travel more to experience and explore other cultures and meet artists from other countries.
4) Please fill in the blank: If I was not an artist, I’d be a:
5) What advice do you have for people who are afraid to buy art?
Don’t be afraid, if you love it, buy it and enjoy it – it was painted with love and passion and should make the viewer feel the same.
I hope you enjoyed learning more about Lynn and her art. You can follow her on Twitter @lynnbmackartist or see more at:
I hope you are enjoying the artist profiles on my blog. I believe art is key to personalizing any home or office space. I encourage you to choose art that makes you feel — and support artists both near and far.