Story by DANNY MOGLE // Photos by SCHUYLER WICK // March/April 2017
Don’t try to limit Lindsay Boone’s creative soul to only one category. If you do, you’ll fail miserably. It can’t be done. One category could never encompass all she does.
She is both a singer and an artist. As a singer she performs uplifting songs of faith in churches and gritty blues in clubs. As an artist she does whimsical watercolor illustrations for children’s books and portraits using charcoal that seem to capture one’s deepest thoughts, good and bad.
“I have always been this way — passionately creative,” Lindsay says.
During an interview in her Tyler, Texas, home, I ask Lindsay which pursuit she enjoys more, singing or doing art. The question causes her to stop and ponder.
“I don’t find art as deeply satisfying as music,” she says. “Emotionally and spiritually I’m most complete when I am singing.”
Lindsay serves as a song leader at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Tyler. She says that when singing, “I feel like I am doing what I ought to be doing.”
She met guitarist Grady Axton Davis a few years ago at The Foundry Coffee House in Tyler. They both were there to perform separately in a salute to Bob Dylan.
Lindsay says she knew she wanted to work with Grady the first time she saw him play. “He was different. He was not just a guy up there strumming a guitar.”
“We hit it off,” Grady says. “We complement each other in our writing and singing songs … our musical likes and dislikes.”
Lindsay puts it another way: “He plays guitar the way I sing. … We make a song better when we work on it together.”
They started doing local gigs together under the name Old Omen and writing and performing original music that is unmistakably bluesy.
Lindsay says what they sing is “straight up gritty blues.” On Facebook they describe themselves as a “swamp-folk band featuring acoustic guitar and bluesy vocals.”
She feels blessed to sing in both churches and non-worship settings.
“Both are atmospheres that let me express part of my soul in a different way. It’s a bit point, counterpoint but to me it all seems very cohesive. It’s how God talks to me.”
Lindsay has been drawing and painting since she was a child. She studied art in Paris during her junior year in college.
In 2013, she was commissioned to do the illustrations for “Goodnight Rose City,” a children’s storybook by the Junior League of Tyler showcasing Tyler as a great place to live and raise a family.
For the book she drew almost dreamlike, innocent images of a Rose Festival queen riding atop a float in the city’s annual Rose Parade. To represent Caldwell Zoo, she drew a bunch of the zoo’s animals living peacefully together. She did illustrations showing the East Texas State Fair and Tyler Rose Garden.
Fifteen of the watercolors she made for “Goodnight Rose City” were mounted and displayed at Tyler Museum of Art as part of an exhibition held to celebrate the release of the book.
“I love dreamy pieces,” Lindsay says of her approach to creating kid-friendly illustrations. “I love fantasy. I love Disney and ‘Harry Potter’ books. My head is in the clouds.”
Lindsay is a former art teacher at Brook Hill School in Bullard, Texas, and continues to teach art as a private teacher. She also accepts commissions that range from doing family portraits to large murals.
She recently completed a mural that spans two floors at the remodeled offices of the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
When I interviewed Lindsay, she was getting ready to paint a mural 1in her living room. In a back room that doubles as an art studio, she was working on a portrait using charcoal.
“I love (working with) charcoal because it is so messy and tactile.”
She says charcoal produces softer edges and contrasts of dark and light that allow her to effortlessly flow between reality and abstraction. For Lindsay it is not a matter of doing only reality or only abstraction.
Don’t try to put her creativity into only one category. If you do, you’ll fail miserably. It can’t be done.