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Meet Lindsay Carron

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsay Carron.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in Wisconsin, and the connection to the outdoors was pivotal in developing the person I am. We spent summers at my grandparents’ lake home in Northern Wisconsin, and I would forever be curious, contented and in awe running through the forest, watching flying squirrels at the feeder and eagles high above, swimming across the lake, and playing barefoot under thunderstorms. This was real to me, and this was home.

Art was a part of my life early on and helped me understand and be with the world around me. I digested most things through visuals. My art was also recognized as something special by my family, teachers, and friends from an early age, and this, I believe, helped inspire me to take it seriously and make it a lifelong pursuit. Despite a loving and nourishing upbringing, there were bumps along the road, and I tested many boundaries as a teenager.

In retrospect, my own hardships actually brought me into a place of recognizing that I wished to help others. Perhaps I could do this through art. My love of nature, a desire to help others, and my artwork funneled me into college to study art and psychology with hopes of becoming an art therapist. I left my Wisconsin home to attend Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

My college experience was fueled by strong friendships, more testing of boundaries, a year abroad in Argentina, two spring break service trips to South America, a sprawling Pacific Ocean, and strong art practice. I had been exploring abstract textural oil painting for two years and thought my senior thesis would be utilizing this technique.

But something had erupted in me after travels and witnessing life through another’s eyes — the fiery passion of an activist. I wanted to make bigger statements with my art than what abstract canvases could portray, so I began to explore representation. I also founded and led a club on campus called We Art Aware that was focused on employing art as a tool for positive change.

One of our boldest events was when we body painted each other to make statements about sex trafficking and walked around campus. I cherish the photograph of me standing body painted with my college art advisor Joe Piasentin, with a huge smile plastered across his face. He knew there was something more boiling inside of me waiting to be expressed but patiently encouraged me while I discovered this myself.

In my senior thesis show, I addressed issues of child soldiers, warfare, industrial farming and livestock, commercialism, abuse of the female body, and religious disillusionment through an experimental combination of abstract oil painting, spray paint, and representational imagery.

Upon graduation, Joe gifted me a book on Obey Giant, aka Shepard Fairey. I made Los Angeles my home after college. I didn’t become an art therapist. Never would I have been able to conceive of the events of my life that would come to be when I was just a child, but now I can solidly say that I utilize all my passions on a daily basis – my love and commitment to nature, helping others, and my art.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
What is the human experience without challenge? Of course, there are bumps in the road, but like the squeeze of a birth canal, they always lead to something greater – growth. I’m a bit rebellious, but also incredibly sensitive by design, and even throughout the trouble I found myself in as a young person, I always seemed to find the course again.

It was my passion to do good work in the world that returned me home to the path laid out before me. Whenever I could let go of my own preconceived notions of how things should be, I found there was a strong pull from inside and outside of me working to steer the course. During times I felt especially lost, I followed my art.

My art has led me to some of the most outrageous, awe-inspiring, provoking, and beautiful life moments, cherished friendships, life-altering lessons, and incredible places around the world. Dedication to my art was what made me literally sprint out of my four years of restaurant jobs post-college and dive headfirst into being a full-time artist.

(Not without belly-flopping first!) Financial and emotional rock bottoms were the fuel I needed to take practical steps each day to work my way out of the ruts. Staying focused, determined, confident and at peace with my full-time art practice is still challenging, but I’ve found a lot of help in simple disciplines, steadfast teachers, and a rock solid trust and humbleness that I’m not the only one in charge of my life. There are greater forces at work here.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
Being an artist is truly a gift. I make beauty for a living. That’s fucking awesome.

Overcoming some of the large obstacles belonging to the history of artists, such as the perception that all artists are starving and artists must struggle to birth good art, brought me much joy and freedom in my practice. I bear my heart and soul in every piece I create, and that’s rather vulnerable. It also makes my artwork unique, along with my meticulously detailed ink rendering technique.

The first seeds of art activism were planted in college, and now my practice is fully devoted to art as a key to positive change. I bridge worlds of social, environmental and indigenous rights through my practice. I have worked with organizations like Creative Visions Foundation (Malibu) to produce art activism camps for kids, Sealaska Heritage Institute (Juneau) to illustrate three Tlingit oral tradition tales, and US Fish and Wildlife Service (Alaska) to produce visuals that speak to the beauty and value of National Wildlife Refuges and the Alaskan Native people who call these places home and leave a lasting uplifting impact.

My artwork speaks for the land, the animals and to the wild within the core of our beings. The viewer can recognize my art through this.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Nothing. I’m still learning every day and don’t plan to stop learning!

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