Blog / 2011 / Following Paintings: Lyndsay

November 17, 2011

When I first got out of school and moved back to Portland in 2003, I knew I wanted to be an artist but I didn’t know how I would manage to make a living. I soon set on a path that, at first glance, doesn’t seem particularly business-savvy: I started giving away art. It was a way to meet people—“can I paint your portrait?” is a pretty effective way of finding your way into someone’s life—and build my portfolio without painting my family members over and over again.

Lyndsay was part of my “make friends and paintings” initiative, and I’m so glad she was.

To learn more about Lyndsay and one of the amazing things she does, go here. Lyndsay isn’t the only portrait subject I’ve interviewed: see my conversations with Gabe and James as well as with Katie and Mary Anne.

You can hire me to paint your portrait!

painted portrait of a young blond woman
Gwenn Seemel
acrylic on canvas
19 x 19 inches

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