Lindsay Rapp is a Philadelphia based artist who’s work is characterized by large, vibrant paintings. Bringing the crystal blue waters of her hometown in Florida to her gallery in the busy Old City of Philadelphia, Lindsay is a young artist who has been celebrated for her use of colour and tone. We sat down with Lindsay to learn more about her work.
1. What sparked you to begin a career as an artist?
Ever since I was a little girl, I have always dreamed of being an artist. My first step towards my career in artistry was in preschool, when I won my first contest with my crayola drawing, and I was interviewed on our local news television and my artwork was printed on thousands of calendars as well as in the newspaper. Ever since then, my family has been so supportive in my goals and dreams of being an artist. I always loved creating, that is how I have defined myself and found so much happiness and connection with others in doing it.
2. What was it about painting that intrigued you the most?
The most intriguing part of painting to me is simple – I just love doing it. I love every part of the process.. The emotional inspiration, the unknown journey during creation of how it will turn out, the satisfaction and love I have towards it after completing the piece, and the connection it gives me with others when people relate to it on any level.
3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
My inspiration is always emotional. It can come from anything, whether an experience, something I see, something I read, or even just a mood that I had that day. It can come from anywhere, a lot of times from places I least expect it. I am always keeping my eyes, ears, mind and heart open for any inspiration.
4. How did you develop your signature technique/style?
After all my academic training, I found myself for the first time alone entering “the real world” with no teachers, no peers, no critics, nobody telling me what to do and what not to do in my art. To reference the song that Elsa sings from the movie “Frozen”, I had a “Let it Go” moment where I set aside all the voices of other’s instructions, rules and my fears of negative feedback, and I finally was able to let myself freely embraced the things that I loved uninhibited — a heavily blue palette and love for oceans, muses, and materials that glisten. That moment marked the beginning of when I started to create the best artwork of my life. Once I let my true self free, I found my voice was there all along, trying to come out but was never able to before. I have now realized the importance of staying true to my true self in my artwork.
5. Is there an artist that you admire the most? Or inspired you?
Malcolm Liepke, Michael Carson, Charmaine Olivia, Happy D, John Singer Sargent, Gustav Klimt, & Degas
6. What has been your biggest achievement/obstacle so far in your career?
Obstacle — Bridging the gap between art as a passion and art as a career
Achievement — connecting to other’s emotions through my paintings
7. Any advice for aspiring #creators ?
Create what you love. There is no “good” and “bad” art. Art is an expression of yourself, and who you are is a wonderful, beautiful thing. Never lose touch of yourself.