Ink drawing by Lindsey Frazer (C’24).
By Bella Francois
A love for art sometimes comes naturally, and sometimes comes with just hard work, but most of the time, it is a combination of the two. For Lindsey Frazer (C’24) a love for art is something that has always been a part of her life, even from a young age.
“I’ve always been interested in art, for as long as I could hold a pencil,” Frazer said.
However, within the word art, there are so many different mediums, definitions, and practices of the word. Some people prefer to express themselves through dance, poetry, or song. Frazer prefers art in the more traditional sense, creating most of her work on a piece of paper or on a canvas.
“I prefer pens, ink, and paint. Anything I can’t overthink and erase,” said Frazer.
As an artist, it is often easy to get bogged down in the details and feel as though a piece is inadequate in comparison to other artist’s work. However, Frazer embraces her mistakes and always perseveres in her work, finding joy in the process of creating.
“The most important part of every piece is that you enjoy creating it. It’s hard, but when you learn to not care about the outcome, you will start enjoying art a lot more. And the ones that are really fun to make, it will never feel as though it is taking too long, because you won’t want it to stop,” Frazer continued.
This is also true for many people who want to try art for the first time, but are scared that their work might not be good in comparison to others work or that it will not turn out how they had hoped. However, art is not about the finished product, but rather the process and the experience that you have while creating it.
“For anyone who is interested in starting, if you enjoy the time spent on a piece, then it’s a masterpiece. The time spent creating is what really matters,” said Frazer.
Many artists do not know where to begin, but thankfully at Sewanee, we have a wonderful art department with professors willing to teach those who want to learn.
“Everyone has a creative side. If you enjoy art, in any form, then I encourage every one of you to take an art class here at Sewanee. I don’t consider myself very talented, but Professor Wholf’s class has brought so much inspiration to me,” Frazer concluded.