Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco, California.

Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco, California.
Winter's Ravens
An small Interview with Lindsey Kustusch these few Birds Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch are just glimpses of her long line of work.

Who and from where are you?

I grew up outside of Chicago in Warrenville, Illinois, but I have called the San Francisco Bay area in California home for the past 14 years.  

How you got into this?

Since I was little my dream was to become an “artist”. And for so many years I believed that it was in fact something that you can “become”, when in fact it something that you are. We’re artists from birth, it’s just a matter of honing in on your talent, and working every single day to develop a skill that can transform a passion into a profession. I learned this long after I went to art school, after working in another career entirely (animal welfare, another passion of mine). I realized that it was up to me to make this dream a reality. So becoming a “professional artist” is a skill that I developed at home, on my own, one sketch, painting, exhibition at a time. Many failures, and many successes later, I’m still working every single day to keep this dream alive.

What is your driving force?

Art offers us a chance to see the things we miss. Chronicling these fleeting seconds of life has quickly become the focus of my art. Preserving all of it—the quiet, the chaotic, the intimate, the nitty gritty nooks and crannies, the everyday things I see, people I pass on the street, and the thoughts and feelings that are attached to each one of those memories . . . my life, as I live it. Painting these moments is a reminder that I always have a choice as to how I view the world. 

What kind of work you do and why?

At the moment I am mostly focusing on urban scenes and animals in traditional oil paint. I strive to evoke real emotion from my work, so therefore I’m constantly adjusting my technique based on my subject matter and focal point. Staying inspired as a working artist can be challenging, so if I focus on painting what’s real to me, hopefully that will resonate with the viewer as well. Just as my subjects and use of pigment are ever-evolving, so is the reason to create something in the first place. And the further I explore, the clearer it's become.... To remain aware. To see the things I might have missed, to preserve and remember the moments that will never return, and to encourage others to do the same... Because all of it is important… All of it is life, and all of it is significant. It's just all in how we look at it.

Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco, California.
yellow raven

Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco, California.
Raven in Blue

Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco, California.
Rise Above

Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco, California.
Residents of Seacrest Park

Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco, California.
Beside the Wilds

Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco, California.
Curious Silence

Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco, California.
Momentary Stillness

Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco, California.
The Night Owl

Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco, California.
The Common Grackle

Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco, California.
Shades of Amber & Jade

Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco, California.
Shades of Onyx & Sapphire

Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco, California.
Not so Common Raven

Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco, California.
Not so Common Barn Owl

Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco, California.
Beneath the Veil of Night

Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco, California.
From Her Perch

Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco, California.
From Darkness to Light

Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco, California.
As the Light Lifted, So did the Raven 

Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco, California.
In the Wild Morning Air
For more of Lindsey Kustusch Check this link of her Instagram account:- https://www.instagram.com/lkustusch/ or her website https://www.lindseykustusch.com/

All Images are copyright by: Lindsey Kustusch

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