50th Anniversary Indiana Public Radio
October 2011

Lynette Waters-Whitesell
"Surrounded "


Lynette Waters-Whitesell is a painter exploring in mixed media. Whitesell begins her under-paintings on the computer with Adobe Photoshop manipulations, which she prints to digital transfers and adheres to either panel or canvas. Once the transfer is adhered, she incorporates layers of acrylic paint, and occasionally text and/or ephemera.

Whitesell was born in 1973 in Hartford City, Indiana, where she currently resides with her husband and three children. She graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts. For nearly fifteen years, she has worked as a graphic designer/illustrator and art director in the East Central Indiana area.

She's won numerous visual communication awards locally, regionally and nationally. Whitesell has taught at the collegiate level, participated in the Governor's Arts Awards in 2009, and is on the board of directors at Arts Place in Portland, Indiana. She was also awarded an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant. Since 1998, Whitesell's work has been displayed in numerous art shows and galleries throughout the Midwest. She actively participates in juried exhibitions and gallery shows.

Artist Statement:
I embrace color. I enjoy challenging society's notions of "sad" colors and "happy" subject matter. I crave strong hues, heavy pigments, screaming color. I use a layering method, which results in an interesting interplay of contrasting colors and guides the eye of the viewer through a playground of paint. My goal is to achieve sharp, bold images with skewed and secretive interpretations underlined within the plane - every inch of canvas a cacophony of colors.