"I like to create things that no one else has created before."
During December of 2017, St. Louisan Lindsay Wanner set up a studio space in her garage so she could develop her innate craft from simple colored pencil drawings of upcycled sports equipment to one-of-a-kind works of art. Her results caught the attention of fine art collectors around the world.
"I first dabbled in many artforms before finding my niche in vinyl portraits, which became my signature. I really enjoy creating likenesses of trailblazers, top dogs, hard workers, especially athletes and musicians," explains this former corporate manager.
"Now, my hands simply cannot keep up with the wheels spinning in my head as I try to pour out every idea I conceptualize so other people can enjoy something new and interesting."
As a self-taught, multidisciplinary artist, Lindsay says she relishes being able to now create luxury sports, music-themed and Americana contemporary art. But hers are not the average type of paintings. They are 3D, life-sized or larger, and with most of them made entirely out of vinyl records. "I create portraits by hand-cutting, painting and layering old records. Every new color, every new shade of paint, is a new layer of records," she explains.
For the sports pieces, she sometimes turns to skateboards, baseball gloves, bases, punching bags or discarded sports equipment. For others, she's added CDs.
This full-time artist now takes requests for commissioned works.
Just during this December, Lindsay's bold, orange creation of a special edition Lamborghini was featured in Miami Beach, Florida, at Art Basel, a for-profit, privately owned and managed, international art fair staged annually in Basel, Switzerland; Miami Beach; Hong Kong or Paris. Lindsay's version of the Lamborghini Revuelto, 60th Anniversary, was commissioned by Holman Motorcars in Chesterfield.
"Lamborghini Revuelto, 60th Anniversary, is my second Lamborghini piece made entirely out of vinyl records. The first one is owned by Lamborghini themselves. To my knowledge, these are the only 3D artworks in existence of Lamborghini made entirely out of hand-cut, layered and painted vinyl records," she states.
Her handiwork also was commissioned to create the image that will be the movie poster for On Fire, an upcoming film produced in St. Louis.
Additionally, Miss Lindsay Books are music-themed children’s books written by Lindsay. She combines her love for music with the importance of communication to help children learn life’s most valuable lessons.
To hear more about this now-international entrepreneur's tips and adventures, catch her on her 'Listen to Lindsay' podcast, available on platforms such as Spotify, iTunes and Anchor.