MAY 16, 2006 | Barry D. Lindley, Ph.D., said he always knew that at some point, when he felt he had made a contribution through his “main” career, he would step aside and devote time to his passion for painting.
Lindley arrived at UAMS in 1993 as vice chancellor for academic affairs and in 1996 also became dean of the
Through June 28, a collection of his watercolor paintings is on display in the second-floor gallery of the UAMS Library. The Arts of UAMS exhibit “By The Way,” with paintings from Lindley’s travels at home and abroad, is free and open to the public.
“I have drawn all my life, pretty seriously since I was a little boy,” Lindley said. “I remember wanting to be an artist when I was in high school, but I thought you couldn’t make a living at it. I also was interested in science, so I worked on that.”
In addition to his scientific degrees from
His paintings these days are mainly landscapes or scenes that he sees on his travels.
“I’m a hiker, a fisher and a birder. I love being outdoors,” Lindley said.
He has traveled extensively, capturing scenes that strike him. Maybe it’s the colors that catch his eye or the lighting or a feeling he associates with a place or a time, he said.
“Anything can come together to make a moment or a place special, to make me want to capture that moment forever,” he said.
The title of his collection on display at UAMS, “By The Way” is indicative of the
“The title of the collection reflects the origin of the works during travel around
Asked for a favorite painting, Lindley thought for a moment. “It might just be easier to tell you what’s hanging in my house right now,” he said, before describing his piece, “Strangler Fig Bower,” that came from his trip along South America’s
Because of the shift in water depths along the river between the rainy and dry seasons, the trees develop expansive aerial root systems, he said. The roots create caves or bowers, he said, which struck him as much as the colors of the tree bark and the inkiness of the water.
The time it takes to produce a watercolor varies. It’s more of a process, that can evolve over time – even years – and includes rough drafts in the form of sketches before getting to the final painting.
“Typically I make ink, pencil or watercolor sketches on site, in addition to taking reference photos. Some paintings were finished on location; others were developed in my
A piece like one hanging in the UAMS display might be a half day of painting to produce what is on the paper but it could be the result of years of thought and work.
Though he has traveled extensively, there are still places he would like to go and paint. He mentioned Antarctic, Africa and
Lindley is a signature member of Mid-Southern Watercolorists (MSW) and his works are in many private collections in the Little Rock area, throughout the country and internationally. He has exhibited in the Delta Exhibition of the
He also teaches and lectures on art, including a summer course at the Eureka Springs School of Arts.
Links on This Page
UAMS Update: “Lindley to Set Aside Science, Pursue Artistic Life in Retirement”: http://www.uams.edu/info/pdfs/retire.pdf
Watercolors by Barry D. Lindley: http://users.aristotle.net/~blindley/