Out Of Africa
The art with most impact can seep into a viewer’s mind. It will transport the viewer to a particular time and place, leaving them breathless. “Art is visual communication. If you have to describe in words what you’re getting at, then I think you’ve failed,” says local artist Lindsay Scott, who is a Fine Artist, Biologist, researcher, guide, and Environmentalist.
A child of Africa, Lindsay Scott, has spent the last 30 years travelling and creating stunning art that has earned numerous awards and is displayed in major private collections and museums. These include the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, USA, and the Standard Bank of South Africa in Johannesburg. Lindsay’s path in the art world wasn’t always clear. In early adulthood she studied Biology and Fine Art at university and comments, “I wanted to incorporate my passion for nature and animals with my art, but didn’t find much support in the Fine Arts”. Because of this she worked creating biological illustrations in a museum in South Africa and conducting studies on bird behaviour in Australia along with writing a book on plant ecology and researching and lecturing in the Antarctic. Her love of nature and animals was being fed, but not her love for art.
Lindsay was thirty, living in the United States, when she was introduced to the Wildlife Art scene by a fellow artist. She’s never looked back and for 30 years has made her living as an artist. Lindsay primarily focuses on sharing the beauty and majesty of African wildlife, but she also paints in North America and occasionally, New Zealand. “There are artists who deal with current issues, but what I think is a big current issue, is getting people to look at nature and what we could lose.” To that end, Lindsay has contributed a number of original pieces to Ecology fundraisers and projects.
Lindsay and her husband, Brian McPhun, a native New Zealander, moved to the Matakana Valley over 15 years ago and built the Koru House, overlooking Christian Bay, Tawharanui. For a number of years she was producing up to 80 pieces of Wildlife Art a year. “When you produce at least six pieces a month, you don’t have time to experiment and recharge”, she explains. She was beginning to feel drained. So, Lindsay and Brian decided to open their home to others, making it available as a retreat. “We meet the nicest people,” she says. “This is a piece of art (Koru House) we’ve created, and we get to share it with other creative people.” Lindsay has reduced her original art to ten or twelve pieces a year. They are still stunning pieces, but she has more freedom to experiment. She continues to show her art in shows, galleries, and museums in America, but she has left time in her schedule to host guests at the Koru House and to take groups on safari to Africa once or twice a year, “Art is an ongoing process. There’s no end.”