Hi there! My name is Lindsay Soulsby Johnson - the brain & hands behind Soulsby Art! I was born & raised in Little Rock, Arkansas where I graduated from Little Rock Central High School – GO TIGERS! After high school I attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas where I have remained since 2010. I started college as an art major but long story short - that didn’t work out. Luckily, I’ve never been one to seek approval of others & I love my art for wreaking havoc being everything but normal. Perfection is imperfection! Art has always been a passion of mine, I’ve done art since I could hold a pen in my hand. With the encouragement & continuous support of my best friend / worlds best husband, my family, & my fur baby Mulligan I’ve been allowed to embrace being a professional mess maker! My art ranges across a wide spectrum of styles & price points as I strive to make art something that everyone, despite socioeconomic classes can have the luxury of owning a real piece of art in their home. For everyone that’s been told they couldn’t do it, that they weren’t good enough, or who have ever been put down by others & doubted themselves – this is for you!
I failed at art school because I stayed true to myself & for that - failure was my greatest success!
I'm a professional finger painter! People think I'm joking when I say this but I'm not! My favorite brush is really my finger!
Growing up I was fascinated by & efficient at all art mediums. Yet I felt that I was never great at any of them because I wanted to use them all & felt each one was missing a little something-something. Then I figured out there was no rule saying I couldn't mix medias & that was a game changer!
Anything within arms reach is fair game when I'm painting & I strive to challenge the traditional rules of art as to create something truly unique. This helps me to stay authentic in an unauthentic world.
I was never a fan of naming art so my art is not named by piece, but by series & those unique & special techniques in that collection. Each collection is named after a family member. My brand (Soulsby Art) is named after my parents, Taylor Pearce Series is named after my husband, Luna James Series is named after my niece... as I create new techniques & new series each one will remain named after a family member.
My favorite color is black. In art school they would say not to use black because it was "too harsh". SO... because thats a stupid rule I like to use black in my art every chance I get.
My view on my work is simple: If you don't like me, or my art, don't buy it & keep the negativity to yourself! Im painting for me & each piece of work I consider a piece of my brain. Therefore every piece you purchase I feel like is a piece of me!
I want my art to be more than something on your wall. I want it to be something that helps make your house a home.
I do not do prints because I feel it would be taking away from that piece & its uniqueness. Therefore I dont do prints but instead make my price points vary in ways that make it possible for different socioeconomic classes to be able to enjoy real art instead of a print.
I love to make functional art pieces for you home because I feel they take away the scary stigma behind original art. You can have functional art in your home & not be scared for your child to touch it or your husbands drunk friends to spill on it!
In my studio there are no rules, no limits, no guidelines... there is simply materials & a blank slate for creating something special... & red wine!
HUGE SHOUT OUT to Dale Benfield, for taking my head shots for this website! I can't thank you enough!