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Meet Lindsey Tyne Johnson. Lindsey is from White Horse but has lived in Kamloops for over two years. She is a passionate artist who loves to sneak away to the river.
Where are you from and how long have you lived in Kamloops?
I'm from Whitehorse, YT, and I've lived in Kamloops for a year and 2 months. I love it so far!
Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?
My boyfriend, Cody. He's the most hilarious person in the world. We spend a lot of time together in nature, seeing music, cooking and making art together. There's really no one in the world who can make me smile as much as he does.
What is your favourite local store in Kamloops and why?
Oh! This one is tough. There are a few stores I really like in Kamloops. The Golden Buddha, The Art We Are-- I practically lived in these places when I first moved here! They both smell really nice and have nice atmospheres.
Describe yourself in one word.
If you could go anywhere in the world right at this moment where would you go and why?
Wow. Japan, probably. I've never been but I have a great appreciation for what I understand of Japanese Culture. Plus, it looks insanely beautiful.
What is your favourite activity in Kamloops?
Spending time at the Kamloops Makerspace! I'm OBSESSED. There's so much to do there. My constant need to create is always welcomed and accepted there.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
I'm not sure but calling people the wrong name is up there. I've done it a few times...
What is the most inspiring thing that has happened to you?
I don't know if I can pinpoint it to one moment. I think the most inspiring thing that happens, to me, is when I meet someone who I connect with. I've lived in many different places and have met many different people. I've been around the world, have had amazing life experiences-- and yet, the things that inspire me the most are people and their stories.
Tell us your favourite childhood memory.
My brother Gareth read to me up until I was eight-years-old. I remember the last book we read together was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I really treasure the memories I have of him reading to me. He lives in the UK now, I like to think it was because of the influence of us reading Harry Potter together that made him move there.
Where do you volunteer or give back to in the community?
I started volunteering for the Elizabeth Fry Society back in September as a volunteer court worker. I found this to be really fulfilling and a great way to meet members of our community. I'm fascinated with Law. I also volunteer for the Kamloops Makerspace.
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
There's a lot, haha. But I think I would change society's overall attitude towards the homeless. I think things like addiction and mental health should be seen more as a medical concern than a criminal one. It really upsets me when I hear people talking negatively about those who are less fortunate than they are.
Where would you sneak away to in Kamloops to spend some time alone?
I like walking along the river but also driving out to Barnhartvale or Tranquille.
Where would you like to see positive change in Kamloops and why?
I'd LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, to see more opportunities for artists. I find there's such a small door of opportunity for young artists to show work and create art.
What do you think makes Kamloops great?
THE PEOPLE. I truly think Kamloops must be one of the friendliest cities on earth. I've never had so little trouble making friends or finding a group of great people. I don't see myself leaving for this reason.
What are 3 things on your bucket list?
- Direct a short film.
-Write a graphic novel.
-Visit Mount Fuji!
Tell us something that not everyone may know about you.
I didn't have front teeth until I was 8 years old.
What is the name of your business/organization?
Lindsey Tyne Johnson (for art and photography), I also work for Pixel Architect.
Why did you get into/start this business?
Fine art has always been my passion. I've been a graphic designer and photographer for almost 5 years (that's most of my adult life).
What is the goal of your business?
To promote great people, brands, and stories.
What has been your biggest struggle either at work or in life?
I think I struggle with self-doubt a lot. But I've made it this far!
What do you always find yourself saying?
"What in tarnation?"
Tell us your best piece of life advice.
Spend as much time in nature as possible. It's incredibly good for you, healing and inspiring.
If you could spend one whole day with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would you select?
Margaret Atwood. I think she would be such a stellar dinner guest. She's one of my all-time heroes. Her writing is brilliant beyond words.
Why do you think it is important to shop locally?
SO MANY reasons. Supporting local businesses is the equivalent of supporting your neighbors.
What has been your proudest accomplishment?
Making my mother proud by pursuing my dreams. Every time I've had an art show or been apart of something big, my mum reminds me how proud she is.
Give someone you think that deserves it a shout out and explain why!
Henry Chan! He makes great waffles and is such a dear friend to me.
My choice for the KamloopsBCNow In Focus spotlight is:
Henry Chan, haha.
Some general comments I would like to share are:
I'd love to get in touch with more women artists in Kamloops! I've been writing a blog featuring great women artists (which includes a free photo session)-- so feel free to reach out! OR if you want to hire a photographer for your Instagram feed. ;)
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