A love of animals and a belief in the unity of all animals including humans has influenced Lynda Bell’s artwork and her lifestyle.

A love of animals and a belief in the unity of all animals including humans has influenced Lynda Bell’s artwork and her lifestyle. Lydia Bell
Bell’s vibrant and colourful acrylic paintings are on show in Kaiapoi’s Art On The Quay until April 28.
A committed vegan, Bell is a member of the Artists of Compassion, an international group of vegan artists.
A reproduction of her painting The Protector featured recently in a vegan expo in Paris and the ensuing Facebook publicity has attracted much admiration for her work from overseas.
“I enjoy creating directly from my imaginary fantasy world – made up of the natural world, fairytales and untold stories, real animals and fantastical creatures, all piled into images that promote joy and kindness towards all living beings,” she says.
“ I like to play with archetypal symbolism, and mix it with quirky imagery. Because my paintings are largely intuitive, the outcome is unknown during the painting process.
‘Episodes of a Day-Dream’ is a series of works, which all began as intuitive meanderings. The larger paintings grew from my imagination and became symbols of my thought process – a collection of muddled tales, shapes and patterns from nature and many animals. Each painting is unique with its own stories and messages. I have scattered ideas of what these stories and messages are, and I hope that my audience creates many more. Each of the smaller paintings depict a character from each of the larger artworks.
I am an optimist and my paintings will always have a cheerful undertone. They are symbolic of my belief that battles can be won, and people are innately good. We are all heroes with inner conflicts, and aspirations. We endeavour to make progress and strive for betterment, whether on a personal level or on a greater scale, and there is always something new to achieve. A happy ending, after all is just a new beginning.

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