We had the good fortune of connecting with Lyndy Bush and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lyndy, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I have to say, that in many aspects of my life, I generally take the safe route. It’s funny though because I love art and with art, there is an innate risk you are taking at the start of each piece. You start with an idea or a concept and are tasked with making that concept into a tangible object in this world. There are so many places where you risk absolute failure along the way. Despite this risk, I keep going back and accepting that I might fail. I have only recently gotten to a point where I consistently end up with a piece I am satisfied with. I failed so much! Each time I failed and kept going, I learned some technical skills, but more importantly, I learned something about myself and what I am capable of. I am currently working on getting my artwork out of my basement and into the world. With this, I have found an entirely new sense of risking your ego. Just like accepting the possibility of failure when creating a piece, I am learning to embrace rejection and humbly move forward in the face of it. You hear so many successful artists tell you that you must do this, but the experience of actually doing it is one of self-reflection and ego suppression. I constantly ask myself if I can look past my own need to be validated in order to grow?
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a Native New Mexican oil painter. As an artist, it is easy to focus on the surface of objects and neglect the reasons you are drawn to lay them down as art. As part of my process, I take imagery from moments and memories to create tangible objects that now live in the material world. Almost like totems, each piece represents a glimpse of my story, displayed to whoever wants to see it.
I am not a full-time artist living off of my art. I have a full-time position, but making art is something that I do because I can’t imagine a version of my life that doesn’t include making art. It’s something that I do for myself. Without outside pressure, I have been free to explore what truly moves me. This simple realization, though taking many years to arrive at, has freed me up to make personally meaningful art for the enjoyment of making art. I think my collectors see the self-reflection and can appreciate a sense of authenticity to it. I am grateful to have gotten to this point in my artistic career in this manner and I hope that others enjoy what has been created along the way.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Coming from Southern New Mexico, I gravitate to all the bodies of water. I strongly suggest renting or buying a paddleboard and getting out to any body of water to truly appreciate the beauty of this state. Some of my favorites are Cripple Creek Reservoir near Pikes Peak and Skaguay Reservoir near Victor Colorado. For something a bit closer to Denver, Chatfield Reservoir is always fun but a bit crowded on weekends.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate this Shoutout to the Women’s Caucus for Art Colorado Chapter. I joined this organization back in December of 2020 but they have already given me so many opportunities for connection with fellow artists, leadership, and growth. They are one of the most active art organizations I have been involved with here in Colorado and I am proud to be a member!