Biography

With a scientist dad and a politician mom, Lindy was encouraged to be creative. As a kid, some of Lindy’s earliest pieces were drawings of elaborate zoo animals and alien creatures, making a styrofoam castle and a 5 foot Raggedy Ann doll. From drawing to sewing, Lindy has been making things most of her life.

After earning a degree in Fine Art specializing in graphic design, she began building a dual career using her art skills. This really was a dream job as she was able to split her time doing freelance graphic arts and creating her colorful paintings.

pencil drawing of castle and alien
© Lindy Gaskill, Pencil drawing 1976

In 1995, Lindy took a 3 month trek through Europe traveling to 9 countries. When she returned she was inspired to move to New York City to continue her artistic path.

She found an art studio in Manhattan for painting and worked part-time as a graphic artist. She began showing her work with The 14th Street Painters, a group of professional and emerging artists, represented by the Earl Gallery.

Lindy’s artwork flourished with the creative environment of the city and this is where she developed her painting style.

In 1999,  Lindy moved to Portland, Oregon to pursue her dream of being an art therapist. She enrolled in an Art Therapy Masters Program at Marylhurst University. She began showing her work at the Talisman Gallery in Portland and working for a successful ad agency which lead to the easy decision to forego becoming an art therapist and starting over in a new career. 

In 2003, Lindy married Peter Hanson, an adventure guide, and they moved to Bend, Oregon. Lindy began showing her work at The Tumalo Art Co. gallery. Lindy’s magical woodland and bird series were inspired by the beauty of Central Oregon.

Sadly in 2005, Peter passed away after a 16 mo. battle with colon cancer. Lindy spent the next couple of years healing and focusing on her art.

© Lindy Gaskill, in Baja Art Studio 2022

Bend’s Deschutes Brewery chose Lindy as their 2007 Jubelale artist. Her art was also chosen to be on three of the 2011 riot bars packaging, an organic dark chocolate by sweetriot, located in New York City and distributed throughout the U.S. Her art was also featured on the cover of the June 2013 edition of Arts & Health journal.

sweetriot-bars

Lindy loved her time in Oregon however, in December 2011, having always wanted to live in the Southwest, Lindy relocated to Arizona where she started showing her work at Van Gogh’s Ear gallery.

In September of 2012, Lindy married artist, Greg Gaskill, and changed her name from Gruger Hanson to Lindy Gaskill and started signing her work “Lindy.”

In 2014, Lindy and Greg moved back to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to family.

When Lindy isn’t in the studio painting, she loves hiking and adventuring with Greg and their two fur babies, Nikki and Riley. With a love of travel, they can often be found planning their next adventure.

Lindy is self-represented.

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