MARCH 20 – JUNE 21,2019
GARDEN HOUSE GALLERY AT HARRY P. LEU GARDENS
1920 FOREST AVE • ORLANDO, FL
“I draw and paint the beauty of nature. I believe in protecting the earth and do so by educating people through my art. I work in a contemporary approach similar to John James Audubon, Maria Sibylla Merian, and Mark Catesby to show the natural history and interconnection of plants, insects, birds and mammals. I am painting a legacy for future generations. My goal is to record the earth’s species in the 21st century and educate people to preserve it.”
– Mindy Lighthipe
Mindy Lighthipe is passionate about exploring the natural world and discovering the beauty in every rock, stream, and forest. Throughout her process, she carefully studies her subjects in their environment, evolving her paintings by using collections of sketches, color notes, and her digital photo references to bring her works of art to life.
Utilizing a variety of techniques, she accurately draws her compositions by creating full detailed drawings in pencil before going onto color application, where she does not have a reputation for shyness. She paints in watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, and Pan Pastels, often combining techniques and breaking classic rules to create her unique breathtaking style.
Mindy graduated from Kean University with a BFA in Studio Arts and a MA in Art Education, Magna cum laude. She received her 210-hour certification from the New York Botanical Gardens in Botanical Illustration. After graduating, she went on to teach over 20 different classes in their Botanical Art Program and developed a 250-hour certificate in Natural Science Illustration.
Her art has been showcased since 1998 in juried and solo exhibitions. In 2009, she received a Silver Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society in London. She had a solo exhibition at the Florida Museum of Natural History in 2010, and is currently teaching Scientific Illustration at the University of Florida.
Mindy is author and illustrator of “Mother Monarch”, “Nature’s Wisdom” published by Schiffer Publishing, 2010, and “The Art of Botanical and Bird Illustration” by Quarto Publishing for Walter Foster, 2018.