* What is your favorite piece that you have created or are most proud of? Include a photo please. Wow, choosing a favorite piece is tough. I'm sometimes too critical of my work that other people love, and other times, I love pieces that no one else does. If I had to choose one, it would be the “Dragonfly" (pictured left).
I painted this piece during a pivotal time in my life. A new relationship had started (with the love of my life), my job was about to change, I was moving (to Annapolis), things were just different...in a great way! Dragonflies symbolize change in terms of self realization. If you google “Dragonfly symbolism” this is what you will read “The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.” This description couldn’t be more true of my life over the past two years.
* How did you get started with your art (product)? What is your artistic (or other) background? My love for coloring (and art) started when I was about two years old...in my Aunt and Uncle’s home in Frederick, MD. And yes, I still love coloring, the simple, mindless, therapeutic act of coloring. Who doesn't? I realized early on in elementary and middle school that I had a talent for drawing, but didn’t really pursue painting until high school. I had some amazing art teachers throughout the years who encouraged me to continue creating art. From there, I chose to major in Graphic Design (Computer Graphics) in college but quickly found that I wasn’t the type of person to sit behind a computer screen for eight hours a day. I wanted to share, I wanted to discuss, I wanted to interact with people, I wanted to be more creative in my daily routines. Then one day, it clicked. I WAS SUPPOSED TO TEACH. I was supposed to share my intense love for art with young people. So that’s what I’ve been doing to this day. I teach middle school Visual Art and paint in my spare time (all of you teachers out there are thinking...uhhhh...what spare time?). Students, you may even be thinking the same thing because I know you have homework, sports practice, family obligations, and more. Which is true. My advice, as difficult as it seems sometimes, is always make time for something you’re passionate about. Currently, I like to say I’m all over the place when it comes to my artistic focus. My subject matter ranges from country, to coastal, to animals, to abstracts, and I’ve even attempted a few portraits (eek). I create pet portraits with pastel and watercolor, I paint abstracts with acrylic paint, and most recently I’ve been nothing short of obsessed with watercolor paint and everything coastal. It’s challenging, organic, and incredibly beautiful. It has a mind of its own...which I love. You can check out more of my work here www.lindsayelizabethart.com
Students, in my classroom, from here on out you will all be "artists." Yes, even you (the one thinking "I can't draw"). I can't wait to get to know each and every one of you, get creative, and have some fun!
Parents, your young artists will be bringing home masterpieces so clear some refrigerator space!
Please feel free to email me anytime at LNeel@aacps.org. Looking forward to a fantastic year!