Here at Dixon Smith Interiors, we'd like you to get to know our current "artists-in-residence"... their artwork brings light and life to our walls, and we thought it would be nice for others to see the personalities and faces behind the artwork. Our first artist interview is with Lynn Sanders, an abstract artist from Alexandria, Louisiana, who has come to be known for her vibrant and lively abstract pieces.
Hilary: What is your creative process like?
Lynn: "I typically put on some great music and use color as my jumping off point. My work is very improvisational and the work is really driven by the applications of colors and how they play with one another in the layering process."
Hilary: What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
Lynn: "My utilization of layers and the way they are applied to the canvas certainly creates consistency within my work. I also think my use of negative space in my abstracts and large blocks of color in my abstract landscapes are certainly a signature."
Hilary: What do you feel is the best part of making your pieces?
Lynn: "Editing at the end of the piece is the best part. Standing back and letting the painting incubate for a few days so I can determine what needs to be removed or added. I also really enjoy seeing the pieces in their permanent homes."
Hilary: What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
Lynn: "Because of my application process, my strokes can sometimes come off too flat so I am always pushing against that flatness to create the necessary depth."
Hilary: How has your style of painting changed over the years?
Lynn: "The style has always been improvisational and is driven by my own impatience. Therefore, my work changes all the time but yet still has my painting fingerprint. If anything the colors and mediums have changed. At the heart of all the work is abstract expressionism. What comes out on the canvas is a reflection of my own current feelings."
Hilary: What do you wish you knew when you first got started painting?
Lynn: "That it’s ok to call myself an 'artist'. I have been painting for almost twelve year,s and in the beginning, it felt odd to call myself an artist because I think people have a preconceived notion about what an artist should look and act like. But now it’s ok and I embrace it. It is what I do every day, I create art."
Hilary: What is the best art tip you ever received?
Lynn: "'Stick to your core competency' – via my husband. Early on in my career, I would come home and say 'this artist is painting on tables, painting small canvases, painting blah, blah, blah'. He would always say 'stick to your core competency'. Mine was painting large abstract paintings, and he was right. Because I focused on what I did best, it made me better at what I do. It takes me twice as long to paint small as it does a large canvas; therefore, I focus on what I do best."
To learn more about Lynn and her artwork, please visit her website at www.lynnsandersart.com. Also remember to stop by the Shop and check our website frequently as we are receiving new pieces from Lynn constantly.