Living most of her life along the Connecticut shoreline, Linsey always had an passion for art and the marine environment, she studied art and marine science in school. She received her Bachelors of Science in Art with a minor in Biology from Sacred Heart University in 2001. She has been working commercially as a computer artist since 1999 doing Digital Illustration, Graphic Design and Website Design. Keeping up the fine art on the side for personal pleasure. In 2012 she shifted her focus from computer work to oils, doing commission work such as family scenes, boats, houses and pets. She makes it a point to take in the local art scene on all her travels and continues to grow as an upcoming artist.
Currently Linsey is working with oils on used sail cloth. She constructs each canvas specifically for the painting at hand, most of the time keeping the subject related to the sail used to make the canvas. The sails are ironed before stretched but still have creases showing off their history. Canvases can also have seams, batten pockets, tell tails, grommets, luff rope and sail numbers.
Painting heals me whether it be the act of putting brush to canvas, setting up my pallet, learning techniques from other artists, viewing other’s art or watching life to come up with a composition. Being on the shoreline, boating and racing sailboats is also healing for me so I couldn’t help but combine these forces.
I was thinking about something in the fall of 2013, when I was getting back into painting, I had done a few boat paintings that year and had just gone shopping for some bigger canvases. I was thinking back to when I would be laying on the bow or deck of a boat and looking up at the sails as a teen and in my 20s and even now a days, and think to myself someday I want to paint that. Paint the all the different white tones, cools and warms against each other. I want to paint the sails. Paint sails. There it was, paint sails on sails. I haven't painting on anything else since, the canvases I had gotten are still sitting there.
It takes quite a bit of time to create each canvas. I start with a composition that I have created starting from photographs of mine or photos given to me from friends. When I am satisfied with a composition then I take out the coinciding sail and find an area of the sail that would work well for the composition, sometimes I go back and adjust the composition to accommodate facets of the sail. It feels wonderful to work the used sails, like all the miles they have on them are remembered by preserving them in this way.