FEATURED ARTIST: Tried and New (LynnChere)

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Tell me a little about yourself…

I am LynnChere born under the sign of Taurus the bull.  I am a resident of Hyattsville, Maryland and I make sculpted dolls, bead and cloth dolls, beaded jewelry, and I draw, paint and more.

How’d you get started, or what prompted you to begin crafting in your genre?

I started as a child watching my mother create a variety of beautiful things.  That planted the seed of creativity in me and I began to draw and craft all the time.  I never stay in one genre because I am always anxious to try my hand at something new.  So I am always experimenting based upon a feeling or vision that I get.  I let my spirit guide me.

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How long have you been an artist? When did you first discover your artistic ability?

My mother inspired me ever since I was a child.  She was an artist by spirit and not by profession.   I always tried my hand at drawing or crafting something, but I didn’t really recognize that I might have a little talent until High School when I won a few contests that gave me travel and other opportunities, the biggest being a trip to Paris, France.  After that I just continued to create, but my family and my 9 to 5 took precedence.  Now I am catching up and doing more of my unrequited passion.

Where can we check out and buy your work?

www.etsy.com/shop/TriedAndNew          

www.pinterest.com/LynnChere

(Vintage items can be found here too.)

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What do you think sets you apart from other artists?

What sets me apart from other artists is the fact that I am a multi-genre artist, and that the spirit conveyed through my art is mine. My methods can be mimicked but my spirit cannot be duplicated.  All true artists have that distinction.

What do you get out of being an artist?

I am able to express myself through various mediums and love the reaction that I get to some of my pieces.  I know that my form of expression was not intended to lay dormant in me, so I create, share, and in turn allow my art to free my soul.

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What inspires you to create the art you do? Where do you get your inspiration?

My life, hopes, dreams, loved ones, joy, pain, and inner spirit, etc. inspire the art I create.  Only God can take nothing and turn it into something, so I know that God is my true inspiration, my hands, and my eyes.

What’s the weirdest or most astonishing and controversial artwork that you have ever created and how so or why?

Possibly my Black Madonna that holds a black silhouette of a baby.  It updates the historically accepted image of The Madonna to show a more familiar modern image in that nurturing role.

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What do others seem to love about your art?

I have been told that my art is unique, expressive, diverse, and unimaginable. I was also told that it resembles life, is fearless, and innovative.  Some have said that my art has a personality, depth and breath, and that they have been meticulously made.  I was even told that I make my art for myself, and that verified for me that my spirit was being conveyed because my art is my healing.  Last but not least, I was told that my art was warm and nurturing like a mother makes her child feel.  I feel blessed that anyone understands me and what I do, because artists can be some of the most misunderstood people on the planet.

What is your advice to fellow crafters and artists?

If possible, never put your gift and passion on hold. Let it flow freely because it heals.

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How would you describe your style, or form of artistry?

Free.  There are no rules.

Do you have any future plans for your artwork?

I want to create more and share more.  I hope to create something that will heal a heart and be remembered as an exceptional use of expression.  I would like to think that something I do will make someone smile.  Maybe one day I’ll have a venue where I can create, share, and give others a place to evolve in their artistry.

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