With a scientist dad and a social worker/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, a styrofoam castle and making a 5 foot Raggedy Ann doll. From sewing to painting, Lindy has been making things most of her life.
After earning a degree in Fine Art specializing in graphic design, she began building a career combining graphic and fine art in tandem. This really was a dream job as she was able to split her time doing freelance graphic arts and creating fine art paintings.
© Lindy Gaskill, Pencil drawing from high school
In 1995, Lindy took a 3 month trek through Europe traveling to 9 countries. When she returned she decided to expand her world and move to New York City to continue her artistic path.
She established herself with an art studio in Manhattan and worked part-time for ad agencies 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.
With a long-time desire to become an art therapist, in the summer of 1999, Lindy moved to Portland, Oregon and enrolled in the Art Therapy Masters Program at Marylhurst University. However, she decided to fore go becoming an art therapist and starting over in a new career. She began showing her work at the Talisman Gallery in Portland and working for a successful ad agency.
© Lindy Gaskill, In Bend, Oregon Art Studio
In 2003, Lindy married Peter Hanson, an adventure guide, and they moved to a rustic house on 10 acres in Bend, Oregon. Lindy began showing her work at The Tumalo Art Co. gallery and connected with a group of inspiring artists.
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.
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.
Lindy loved her time spent in Oregon however, in December 2011, having always wanted to live in the Southwest, Lindy relocated to Prescott, 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 with just her first name “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 doggies, Nikki and Riley. They love to travel and often can be found planning their next adventure.
Lindy is self-represented as of December 2014.
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