Alina Lindquist: Musing of the Mojave

New paintings by Alina Lindquist, a plein-air painter of the Mojave Desert. Working with oil and gouache paint she creates dynamic compositions of the desert. Lindquist is a graduate of UNLV and participated in the study-abroad programs at Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Universita degli Studi della Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy. She has previously exhibited her artwork at the Clark County Government Center, Charleston Heights Art Center, Fifth St. School, Mayor’s Gallery, UNLV, and Wetlands Park.

Artist Statement

Direct experience with the landscape is a cornerstone of my artistic practice. I primarily paint en plein air with oil to capture my initial experience on location. Sometimes I will use watercolor or gouache, depending on how much I want to carry that day. No matter what materials I use, the marks and colors captured outside inform my larger work back in the studio.

There’s an ineffable quality of the desert, and painting is the only way to transcribe my experiences. My current work focuses on the Mojave Desert, more specifically, the Northwestern section. Observational study through painting, or sometimes just simply watching the environment around me, generates questions and a further desire to understand the environment I work in. The more time I spend outside, the more I research the landscape, the plants, and the area’s history. My studio work incorporates the essence of the location along with an additional layer of process informed through further readings about the desert. It’s an ongoing process of observing, learning, and painting. Ultimately, my work seeks to transmit my love and sense of wonder for the desert.

On exhibit at Laughlin Library from January 8, 2024 through March 23, 2024

Monday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM