BORN: 1978 - Derbyshire. EDUCATION: Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Manchester.
Lindsey began a professional career in painting after studying art, and also environmental science at Universities in Manchester. It was during her degree that she realised the need to be creative full time, although the love of the environment and the scientific detail ...of zoology and ecology remain, and constantly inform her work.
Even from a very young age Lindsey has been painting, with the themes of trees and water appearing in her work from these early days. Her paintings are usually inspired by a specific and often familiar view, she then sketches these views up in the studio where more abstract elements evolve.
However, her paintings are so very often as much about paint itself as they are about subject or source. The landscapes provides strong structural elements, trees provide framing to draw the eye, whilst balanced by strong light and open space. The colour palette and bold brushwork are an emotive response to landscape, creating works that are confident and full of energy. The colours are inspired by the season and location, and heightened to enhance emotion and structure in the work.
Central to her work is the balance of colour and form, and just as important are the moods of the landscape and the pure sensation of colour itself. Lindsey says, ‘I enjoy the effect of big blocks of colour, graded subtly by the use of large brushes’. Increasingly, ‘I employ pale open spaces within a composition, and water reduced down to the essential reflections. I am completely reliant on tree forms, and feel uncomfortably exposed in a treeless landscape, just as I do in a treeless painting’.
Working mainly on wood panel, recent paintings are often large in scale. Lindsays’ largest work to date is 240 x 180 cm (limited only by the size of her studio door!).