Being outdoors has always provided me with a sense of peace and balance. A cool breeze on a crisp Autumn evening. The chorus of Spring Peepers by the pond. Even the sounds of dry leaves crunching beneath my feet. Whenever I am outside and surrounded by the natural landscape all worries seem to evaporate. It’s a feeling of simplicity in some ways- free of the usual daily, fast paced functions and demands of society, but also a feeling of complexity- a total sense of respect and awe for the organisms that live day by day in an unpredictable and sometimes unforgiving environment.
Many of my current works are focused on noticing and bringing attention to common occurrences that can be seen and experienced in nature. Unusual points of view and close-ups of smaller organisms are shared to engage the viewer with these life-forms. It is my hope that one may develop a more observant eye and a sharpened awareness of their other senses to enjoy and peacefully co-exist with the other life-forms with which we share this planet.
About the Artist:
Lindsay Nygaard gets inspiration for her paintings through observations and interactions with nature. She keeps a camera and sketchbook nearby to document her interpretations either through photography or by writing and sketching.
She believes that inspiration can be found anywhere- it’s not necessarily something one needs to purposefully search out. It can be as simple as glancing towards the tangled brush encircling a parking lot, and noticing a boldly marked spider; or when watering geraniums and spying the perfectly camouflaged katydid perched upon a leaf; or even the stillness of a turkey vulture, patiently waiting atop the crown of an old tree.
Nygaard enjoys traveling to the many National Parks in the U.S. and visiting local wildlife sanctuaries, and is in awe of the variation of the flora and fauna. She also finds solace in outdoor activities including hiking, bird-watching, and gardening.