Kevin Lambson’s artwork is on display at the Dolores Public Library
“Wow, this art is amazing,” Kevin Lambson joked as he strolled through the glass-enclosed gallery of the Dolores Public Library, effectively portraying himself as the artist behind the myriad creative mediums that line the wall.
As Lambson said, he would never turn down the opportunity to talk about himself. But it turns out he enjoys talking about other people just as much.
While he officially works as a commercial artist and slips into the world of fine art when he can (he thinks the main difference between the two is a reliable income), Lambson’s artistic career really took off at the 10 years old.
Just like any fourth grader, Lambson liked to draw, but he wouldn’t say he was better than the next kid.
It was around the time Star Wars came out, and a classmate asked Lambson to draw R2D2. This turned into a pivotal moment for the newly born artist.
“At that time, I identified myself as an artist,” he said. “I’m like, ‘Oh, this must be my thing. “”
His oil creations on display at the Dolores Library were the product of a so-called “push” in which he challenged himself to shape one painting a day for a year.
Sometimes he hides the date or “bad puns” in his paintings.
Although it didn’t quite hit its 365-piece milestone, a new repertoire of 70 paintings marked the most Lambson had ever created in a year.
Not all were good, he said.
“In fact, most of them aren’t,” he said. “But it’s a bit like playing the odds, isn’t it?”
The fast pace taught him to be more decisive in his art.
“I think we all have like a power of imagination, right?” he said. “…And so it’s just the ability to take that and go from a concept, a weird concept in my head to something that I can share.”
Much like the swirls of color in his paintings, Lambson’s relationship with art has its ups and downs.
Not in the sense that he ever strayed from his passion — except, perhaps, a brief stint as a mechanical engineer, which didn’t go very well, Lambson said — but in the sense where he immersed himself in different projects as his interests evolved.
Perhaps his proudest effort is his 20-year effort to reproduce the movement of the human body in a physical model.
He found other fluid sculptures to be “woefully inadequate”.
“If a human could do it, I wanted my model to do it,” he said.
Lambson’s creative spirit seeped into the fabric of his family life. For example, he’s been building a straw bale house for 15 years – one of the main reasons he chose to raise a family in Lewis, even though he thought it would only take six months, did he declare.
“Not knowing everything sometimes – it’s kind of like the blessing of being ignorant, of being able to just say, ‘I don’t have all the answers right now. I don’t know how it’s going to be, but I think I can do it,” he said.
And if you visit his house around Christmas, chances are you won’t see a conventional tree. It changes every year – one year was his water heater draped in lights and garlands.
In the future, he would like to teach others.
In the past, he led Photoshop classes at Orme School in Arizona and taught a group that grew to about 10 children and a mother in exchange for the services of a midwife who delivered his first. child.
Lambson has an Etsy shop under the title ArtsyUnusual.