We had the good fortune of connecting with Lynn Richards and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lynn, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I think finding balance is one of the most important yet hardest thing to do. I have learned over the course of several years to use a schedule. It’s amazing how it has helped, considering I dislike schedules and “having” to do things! I mark out time for home, art, commitments, etc. That said, as in all of life, when the day gets blown to bits and nothing adheres to the schedule, I remind myself to do the next right thing, make an effort to look for what I can be thankful for, and know that tomorrow is another day.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My artwork constantly tells a story while marking moments in time in my life journey.
The art I create comes from the story of a little girl who thought she had lost herself along the road of life and rediscovered her worth. I was never encouraged to pursue art, even though my Grandmother was an artist and was the first one to introduce me to the beauty of creating. Art has literally been in my genes and took quite a while to be set free and put into motion. It began with a water color class and evolved into mixed media. I tried doing a little show in our town and battled through so many fears and doubts, but lo and behold, people liked my work!! I have to say, one of my biggest accomplishments is when someone asks me what I do, I can confidently tell them, “I am an artist!”
My work is also about the way God has impacted my life: redefining my faith during dark and hard times, rejoicing in life, learning how I am accepted and beloved. With each piece I create, I hope to encourage others to find the love and acceptance they long for.
Since Covid hit, I have been focusing on Art Journaling and finding so much freedom and so many ways to express myself and I hope to be offering an online class in the near future!
Isn’t that the most amazing thing about creating? There is always something new, something to be expressed, something to bring to life on a piece of paper or canvas.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in a small city in the Inland Empire and we are an hour away from the mountains, beach or desert. I would encourage friends to come in the fall, when it’s much cooler and we could visit the Apple Orchards near my home. While our town has many fun things to do (outdoor theater, antiques, coffee shops, parks and hiking), my first choice is ALWAYS to visit the beach. Laguna Beach in particular is my favorite because of the art, beaches and great food to choose from.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
For sure my husband is my biggest fan and greatest cheerleader! He will often tell me how good it is to see me working in my art studio. He is the one to check on scheduling time for myself and my art. He is forever interested in what direction I’m going in and how he can support me and help me get to my next artistic goal.