Today we’d like to introduce you to Lydia Abigail.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Lydia. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I began as an artist when I was very young. I used to paint with dollar-store watercolor palettes and I would announce that I would be a better artist than Leonardo Da Vinci. Sometime near the middle school, another child my age laughed at my work and from then on I decided that I must not be good at art. I began telling people that I couldn’t draw and I stopped painting altogether. During my senior year in high school I decided that before I say I can’t do something, I should actually try. This is when I finally ventured into the arts.
I minored in Visual Arts in college and I began selling my work at local festivals and boutiques. My work began as detailed realistic sketches and turned into abstract acrylic paintings. When I took my first oil painting class, I was hooked. I loved how easily the paint spread and how long you could mix the colors on the canvas. After dabbling in ink drawings and creating prints to sell, I found myself creating art just for art’s sake, but without a purpose. In 2016 I went to Cambodia to visit some missionary friends, and that’s when I found my mission in art.
By observing the Cambodian culture, and teaching adults and children their first art classes, I realized how vital the arts are to a culture. Art not only reflects a culture but impacts it as well. Coming home from this trip, I was inspired to create a new collection of work. I came back to oil painting and am currently working on my TwentyEighteen Painting Collection. Using my relationship with the Lord, I allow him to lead the painting process and provide ultimate meaning and influence to my work. I have never worked like this in the past, but it has been the most rewarding and fulfilling process by far.
Has it been a smooth road?
My main struggle with the arts has been finding my purpose. It’s easy to create a pretty painting, but to create a painting that inspires and moves people is a different story. My previous work was definitely “pretty art”, however, I learned through it all and found a deeper meaning. Instead, my artwork must influence my culture.
More recently, one of my struggles has been space. I’m currently living in a rather small apartment and finding a place to create my work has been difficult. However, I’ve learned to adapt and am now working on a smaller-scale and am loving every bit of it.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Lydia Abigail Artwork – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am best known for my attention to detail in all work that I produce. Although I began in detailed sketch work, I now primarily focus on my impressionistic and colorful paintings. My previous collection, Gold All Awash, was displayed at numerous locations around Dallas and I was proud to paint a Claw-footed Bathtub for the Dallas Kohler Signature Store to auction off at the Cattle Barons Ball in 2017. My TwentyEighteen Painting Collection (my newest collection) has yet to be debuted, however, I’m excited to see where it goes.
I’m most proud of my collaborations with local businesses and companies. Along with the Kohler Signature Store, I’ve also worked with The Laughing Willow, Great Harvest Bread Company, Dallas Art House, The Texas White House, Renata Salons, Right Now Media, The Scottish Rite Hospital, and many others. I am extremely proud to work with local businesses and I hope to continue to do so.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love Dallas’ passion for creators and the amazing community and culture that has been built around it. I have found so many other artists through amazing start-ups and creators events that inspire and connect us all.
My least favorite thing about Dallas is probably the lack of resources for the refugee population. This summer I hope to partner with the Art House Dallas to bring the arts to these communities.
- Website: www.lydiaabigailartwork.com
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