Show Preview | Lindsey Bittner Graham

Evergreen, CO
Evergreen Fine Art, September 5-26

Lindsey Bittner Graham, Still Miles to Go, oil, 8 x 10.

Lindsey Bittner Graham, Still Miles to Go, oil, 8 x 10.

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Artists often paint what they’re most connected to, and that’s certainly the case with Colorado-based artist Lindsey Bittner Graham. Her love affair with horses has lasted a lifetime, and she hopes people will recognize that strong connection in her newest body of work. Her solo show at Evergreen Fine Art opens with a reception on Saturday, September 5, from 2 to 5 p.m. and runs until September 26.

With up to 20 new works, the show, titled Horses: The Backbone of America, centers on the theme of the pivotal involvement of the horse in the history of our country, from the time they were introduced to the Native Americans by the Spanish to the thoroughbred racehorses of today. “I’m spotlighting areas in history where horses had an influence on the growth of our country,” Graham says. “[There are] paintings of horses in the civil war and the growth of the West and on to our relationship with them now, which is more sport-oriented, like rodeos, horse racing, and shows.”

Graham was a fashion illustrator for decades until she began her fine-art career nearly seven years ago. Since then she’s rekindled her love of painting equine subjects and has used this show as a way to learn more about their historical significance. Her impressionistic style gives her works an emotional quality that accents the action she portrays. “Lindsey has the rare ability to capture the movement, mannerisms, and subtle nuances of her equine subject matter, all while remaining true to their incredibly accurate representation,” says Doug Kacena, the gallery’s director of exhibitions. “Collectors will immediately recognize her powerful, expressive style and reverence for the horse in this incredible new body of work.”

Graham hopes to not only convey her passion and dedication to the horse in her works but also to show her growth as an artist, as she’s explored new techniques and pushed her style in new directions. “I wanted to push my limits as an artist through my impressionistic techniques, my brushwork, and trying different surfaces and tools,” Graham says. “I’m really happy with where the show has taken me, and it’s been a great journey.” —Joe Kovack

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