Lindley Briggs has been an artist all her life. She was influenced by her mother, an artist, from a very young age. “I grew up surrounded by her imaginative paintings and her creative influence. I was cutting out woodcuts and printing them in our garage in my early teens.”
Lindley who is a sculptor, works with many materials including clay, direct plaster, and bronze. Lindley discovered her love for sculpting in college. “After completing 2 years of liberal arts requirements, I spent the second two years taking all art courses. That's when I discovered sculpture and have remained ‘hooked’ on it ever since. Around 30 years ago, I took a creative detour and made painted fantasy drawings. In 2000, I returned again to full time sculpture.”
Lindley joined the NAA over 40 years ago, and has been a member off and on ever since. “I have watched the NAA grow and flourish over the years into the vital organization that it is today,” Lindley says of how special the NAA is to her. Besides the NAA, Lindley is a juried member of many other associations including The National Sculpture Society, the American Medallic Society (AMSA), The Ogunquit Art Association, The New England Sculpture Association, and the International Art Medal Society (FIDEM). FIDEM holds a very place in Lindley’s heart for a good reason. For the past 8 years, her work has been juried into 5 FIDEM congress expositions. The expositions have given Lindley the chance to show her work across the world. This includes places such as: Tampere, Finland; Glasgow, Scotland; Sofia, Bulgaria; and Brussels, Belgium. The last week of May, Lindley will also be showing 60 medals that she was commissioned to make in Ottawa, Canada. The medals will be presented to all the foreign FIDEM delegates and also to all the US FIDEM members attending the 2018 Congress.
Lindley believes that every artist has a voice, “It is the most important thing an artist can develop. Developing a voice means developing a style that is uniquely your own – a style that can be immediately identified as your work when someone is walking into a show or gallery, without having to read the label.” That idea of creating her own style is vehemently shown in her own work as it has a unique, recognizable signature. Other advise that Lindley gives is to remember that not everything you make will be perfect. “You must create a lot of work to end up with the pieces that really shine,” she says.
During the summer, Lindley will be showing her work at numerous indoor and outdoor exhibits throughout New England. This includes her sculpture, Bird Lady which will be presented in the Hartson Gallery in June. That sculpture expresses the same themes as many of her other pieces. “My work has always been inspired by my lifelong fascination with the beauty of natural forms – shells, wings, branches and stones” Lindley has always been “magnetically drawn” to the timeless beauty of Greek and Roman Sculpture, and she expresses that in her own artwork. “I love to incorporate the fanciful imagery from classical Greek and Roman mythology – with its winged, dancing and otherwise dynamic deities”.
Bella Nadeau is a Freshman at The Governor’s Academy and the author of the 2018 NAA “Meet Our Member” articles.