Name: Lindsay Adams
Location: Washington, D.C.
Bio: Artist, Lindsay Adams, a DMV Native, uses her corporate career and world studies to communicate different interpretations of art forms through painting and drawing. She began drawing and painting at an early age. While attending a youth summer camp at Corcoran College of Art & Design, she began tightening her skills, and devoted more time to her art. In high school, she received diligent instruction and guidance, and took Drawing and Painting as a major course. Along with her artistic fervor, Lindsay is also passionate about diversity and inclusion awareness, foreign language, and fashion. After participating in Model United Nations for two years, she decided that in college, she would study Foreign Relations. Lindsay received two Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with a concentration in World Politics and Diplomacy, and Spanish from the University of Richmond. During the day she is a management consultant for a top consulting firm, where she is a Strategic Communications Strategist, specializing in brand strategy and social media. She is passionate about storytelling and using words and art to capture the essence of identity.
She is passionate about diversity and inclusion, art , education, and of course, art again! She lives by self-care, long baths, lit candles, and journaling. Her passion for art as a personal form of expression began at a young age. She has been living with and overcoming Cerebral Palsy since birth, and art has always been her serene outlet to find peace in what can often be chaos. Her life mantra which is also permanently tattooed on her side is Protect Your Peace. As the hands behind #ipaintinheels, she continues to spread love through painting and storytelling.
Hands that paint, and lips that pray; she recently expanded her portfolio, combining the mediums of oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink and digital abstracts.
Some of her biggest projects include, Gentlewoman by Enintan Bereola, Chic from A to Z Coloring Book for Kahlana Barfield, Fashion and Beauty Editor of Instyle Magazine, and many more.
Describe your experience as a current artist.
I’m currently doing art part-time, and though I do love it so, I’m not sure if it’s something I plan on doing full-time in the near future. I have been an artist most of my life, but I began pursuing it professionally since 2013. I started taking art seriously at a very young age, attending focused art camps, and deciding to be a Studio Art Major at the Holton-Arms School. When I began college at The University of Richmond, I was actually a Studio Art Minor, though I ended up swapping it out to be a Double Major in International Studies and Spanish, I took an Art course whenever my schedule allowed.
My art is directly related to expression and communication from my soul. Art serves me, just as much as I serve it. Growing up with a disability, and a communication disordered, I often felt like a loner, and would turn to art as a release. Being able to have the motor control I do, while having cerebral palsy is an anomaly, so I don’t take it lightly or for granted. My purpose in art is to share, inspire, and practice self preservation. Owning my truth, no matter what it looks like. As I test new mediums, and dabble with more abstracts, I’m learning how to relinquish the control that I used to glorify. It’s ok to just walk, and believe that success is inevitable, and I’m learning that through my art.
What was your occupation or education prior to becoming an artist?
By day I am a Management Consultant for a top consulting firm. I focus on Strategic Communications, Brand and Digital Strategy. I am currently the Social Media Manager for a Defense client, and work internally with diversity and inclusion and disability inclusion initiatives. I think being a Brand and Comms Strategist helps me as an Artist, and I think being an Artist, similarly, helps me as a Consultant. Initially I was pursuing art to escape from the woes of Corporate America, but I am now learning to exist in both realms. I do love Art Direction and shaping visual identity, but as of now, I enjoy doing both. (My salary also helps pay for the art supplies lol)
What was your biggest challenge in pursuing art and how did you overcome it?
I think my biggest challenge is trusting the journey. There have been plenty of times where I’ve felt like quitting or felt discouraged, mainly from internal pressures. Whether it be self doubt, hoping for better outcomes, or just being in a dull season creatively. I think overcoming this is a choice I have to make daily. I step back, meditate, pray and really try to surrender both my hand and my heart. In the very competitive digital and art spaces, it is important to remember that comparison is the thief of joy. What works for others, might not work for you, and that’s ok. I think as I expand my hand, and explore different techniques, I often start with self affirmations and remind myself to trust the journey, and to be patient with the process. Whatever is meant to exist, will exist.
Describe your biggest milestone or project/series achieved since pursuing your art.
I don’t know if I can pick one right now. But I am really proud of being published in Enintan Bereola’s (@bareolaesque) book Gentlewoman. It was the first time I pitched my work, and though I was just a beginner then and my hand has improved so much, I was very proud of myself. I am also very proud of turning @ipaintinheels into a thing, and taking the step to sell my work. Sometimes, all the time, you really have to bet on yourself. Even with mess ups and mishaps, you learn so much. There is so much love in the lessons.
How does your personal style and identity translate into your artwork?
Well, my first art brand is called #ipaintinheels. I just to play dress up. I love fashion, and I am drawn to luxury! I think my style changes a bit as I get older. I love simplicity, but my soul years color. I test the waters a bit with both my style and art. My body is just as much a blank canvas as a new watercolor book. If I like it, I’ll try it.
A lot of my illustrations embody beauty, self care, and fun color stories. That is me in a nutshell. Sometimes I start with minimal illustrations or canvas abstracts, and if I like it, it stays, if I have an itch for more color, I go back and add whatever strokes and color I feel.
What is one thing that makes your art unique?
Outside of the fact that I have cerebral palsy, I think I have a true boldness in color and lines. I find a way to leave traces of me in everything I do. I always tend to give my work a bit of fashion feel.
What is your favorite art technique and why?
I love watercolor so much. I was late to the watercolor game, I taught myself in 2013. I began with oils, which will always have my heART, but I love the simplicity of watercolor. I can take it wherever I go, I can fill in an illustration or do a quick abstract that I feel is complete. I think watercolor forces me to be ok with my products, unlike other mediums, I can’t go in and too much changing after I go in a few times. It gives me fluidity and makes me feel ethereal and serene. I love soft pastels, blush and gold for my abstracts. For my illustrations with watercolors, I love bold color stories and blending.
How do you maintain your mental health and inspiration?
Maintaining my mental health is an everyday choice and conscious decision. I suffer from anxiety often, but I’m learning that some things are just out of my control. Selfcare is very important to me. I journal, go to yoga, and have brainstorming sessions with my tribe. I love taking baths, devotions and church really help keep me afloat and practice spiritual grounding. Staying focus and reminding myself to be kind to myself, even during the doldrums is so important.
What is some advice or tips you would give to a fellow BGWP interested in furthering their art goals and/or owning her own business?
Be patient with the process, and protect your peace. Don’t get discouraged when you see other artists getting more attention or features. Trust the timing of things and create the things you like. It’s so easy to question and doubt whether you are on the right path. If you are being a good steward of your gifts, continue to do that. Whatever opportunities are for you, are for you.
Stay organized, save your work, and be kind to yourself. When it comes to the business side of art, create a template for a contract, and USE IT. Get your coins. People will only respect your craft as much as you do.
What is next for you?
Whatever God has. I will continue to create and produce, and I am ready to open whatever doors God opens ahead of me.
What does being a "black girl who paints" means to you?
Being a black girl who paints mean living and loving my path. A firefly who splatters paint and leaves things better than she found them.