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Interview with Lindsay Ann Pins Shepherd


The artist herself!

Part the First 
Those who read my previous article about the art crawl may be under the impression that it was one big pink-vomit nightmare.  However I actually got a lot of enjoyment out of it, pink vomit notwithstanding.  Out of all the art that was featured in the many galleries (I didn't get to see them all!), the most striking to me was the work of Lindsay Anne Shepherd.  Don't get me wrong, I saw a lot of art that I really liked.  However, there were only a few artists who did something that was truly unexpected, a personal expression via not only theme or subject matter but technique and media as well.  In short, a painting or a sculpture of something interesting is still a painting or a sculpture.  But I had never seen anything quite like Ms. Shepherd's paper collages, and I stopped to take a second and then a third look and then to speak to the artist (about knitting! deep, I know).  A few weeks later I decided to see if she would like to be featured on this page, and it turns out that she would!  So here she is.  Be sure to check out her blog after you've read the article.
Q.  Where did you grow up?  What were you like as a kid?
A.  I was born in Peoria Illinois, but basically grew up in Nashville.  Bellevue, TN will always be my home.  I have always loved making things, ever since I was little- I was the kid that always got those cheesy art kits from Toys R Us for Christmas- and loved it! 
Q. What's your artistic background?    
A.  I went to Union University in Jackson TN, which is a small liberal arts school and I graduated with a BA in painting in May of 2008. It was there that I learned the basic fundamentals of art and discovered my love for making my paper collage creations.  I was a painting major, but my problem was that I did not like to paint!  One of my professors at the time, who now teaches graphic design at Lipscomb, saw potential in these little construction paper cards I have always made.  He encouraged me to make them into an artform, and that's exactly what I did!  And I have been making them ever since. 
Q.  How do you foster your artistic technique?
A.  Almost immediately after graduating from college I was able to move into a studio at The Factory in Franklin, which helped me to create on a regular basis and was able to take the time to really develop my work. 
Check in tomorrow for the rest!