Liz Lindstrom, a Chattanooga native, has always been surrounded by beautiful art. Her father, Bart Lindstrom, a nationally-renowned portrait artist, began sharing the art world with Lindstrom at a young age. "My father would let me sit and watch while he worked on a painting, or he gave me projects to do on my own. It's amazing how much I was able to learn by just being around him."
The desire to be an artist began in high school as she contemplated her future upon graduation. "I knew I wanted to create things and show life through my eyes. Every school I considered and every program I researched could not compare to what my father could give me," Lindstrom says. "I decided to stay in Chattanooga and apprentice under my father. It is the most important thing I've ever done as an artist." After three semesters of apprenticeship with Bart Lindstrom and four months abroad, Lindstrom found her niche in figurative art. "During my time in Europe, I captured more beautiful towns, rivers, and coastlines than could be appreciated. However, when back in the studio, the people I met along the way became the only subject I was interested in pursuing. That's when I realized the direction my art was to take."
Lindstrom's inspiration for her artwork and portraiture comes from her appreciation of the human spirit and her passion for ballet. This enthusiasm stems from a love ofpeople and what makes them unique, years of dance lessons and a great admiration of Degas. Whether in portraiture or her works of the ballet, Lindstrom's ambition is to capture a moment in time that deserves to be noted. The very process of creation is a driving force behind her art. "I love making something out of nothing," says Lindstrom. "Where there was once blank canvas, there is now a figure, hands, light and shadow, emotion, movement, and personality."
When asked to describe her work, Lindstrom says, "Creating is natural for me, so my art has a very unhurried, comfortable feel. I love to show others how I see the world, allowing them to see through my eyes. I want the viewer to be amazed at the beauty of human life and with whom we are surrounded."