Lindsay Beard is from American Fork, UT and is the youngest of 4 children. She graduated from UVU in April with a BA in English Literature, after which she started her Etsy shop, Blossom & Ink. She currently lives in Lehi, UT with her husband and works as a graphic artist and brand designer for Redmond Heritage Farms.
Tell us a little bit about Blossom & Ink.
Blossom & Ink has been a long time coming — I’ve been doing art commissions on the side for years while dreaming of opening an online shop. I always told myself I would take the plunge after graduating from college and I had more time to devote to it, so when I graduated in the spring I started working on Blossom & Ink pretty much the next day!
When did you first start drawing?
I have been drawing ever since I can remember. It has always been my favorite way to spend my time, along with reading. My dad was the one who got me into drawing and encouraged me to practice. I have countless memories of us drawing together — he was the one who taught me how to do block lettering, clouds and sun rays, even house plans. My love of drawing really came straight from him.
Where do you find inspiration for your pictures?
I am inspired by ordinary things. In my day-to-day life, I try to make a point of noticing small or seemingly insignificant things around me: the way the sunlight filters through the window, the colors of all my books lined up in a row, or leaves being tossed around in the wind. These kinds of things make it into my drawings in some form or another.
You studied English in college. What are some of your favorite books and who are your favorite authors?
My all-time favorite author is Jane Austen – I have read her books so much that she feels like a close friend. I read Pride and Prejudice once a year and I never tire of her words. She was brilliant. I also really love essays, especially by Anne Fadiman and E.B. White. Other favorite books include My Name is Asher Lev, The Secret Life of Bees, and, most recently, All the Light We Cannot See — it is absolutely beautiful.
Who are some creative women you look up to and admire?
When I was little and first got into drawing, Mary Engelbreit was a huge inspiration and role model for me. I first discovered her through a book my mom had at our house and immediately fell in love with her style. It’s a little dated now, but at the time I was dazzled by it. I used to study her work for hours at a time. I think what I loved most about her was how unabashedly cute her work was. Her company slogan was, “We’re cute and we’re proud!” She taught me to not be afraid to draw things that are “cute,” such as flowers (what I love to draw most). I also learned a lot about technique from her — my chosen mediums of ink, art marker, and oil-based colored pencil are inspired by her technique.
I also really admire the work of Julia Child. I was first drawn to her through her book My Life in France (another favorite) and soon after I had bought her famous Mastering the Art of French Cooking and started trying her recipes. She is so inspiring to me: she was completely fearless and knew what she wanted out of life. I love that.
Have you ever doubted your abilities? How did you get beyond those doubts?
Oh, all the time. I think because I’m a self-taught artist, there have definitely been times that I feel very inferior to artists that have art degrees and have trained at a professional level. I think the only way to get beyond doubting yourself creatively is to discover and nurture your creative identity. Once I figured out who I was as an artist, I felt so much more secure in my work. I was much more inspired. It’s very freeing.
What are some creative goals you have for yourself in the coming year?
I have so many goals! I’m an avid journal-writer and list maker, and therefore have several lists of things I want to do and/or try. Other than growing my shop and producing new prints, I would love to try my artwork out on different mediums. I’ve often daydreamed about embroidering one of my drawings on some pretty fabric or perhaps even illustrating a children’s story. The possibilities are endless!
What do you love most about being a creative woman?
I love being a creative woman because I feel such a kinship with other creative women — it’s like we’re all part of a little community. I love watching creators, especially women, bring something into being that did not exist before. I love being inspired by how they beautify a space. I hope by starting Blossom & Ink I have contributed to that community in a meaningful way.