Stay-at-home Mom Deyanna Lambert Likes to Get Spooky While Painting
You can find art all over town -- not just on gallery walls. In this series, we'll be looking at some of the local artists who serve up their work in coffeehouses and other non-gallery businesses around town.
"I haven't been selling work for very long," admits up-and-comer Deyanna Lambert, a full-time mom and former art student who recently rediscovered the therapeutic nature of painting. These days, once the kids are tucked in for the night, Lambert goes out to her studio and paints, sometimes until 2 a.m. "That's my time," she says. And while the bright flowers and smiling animals that Lambert sometimes produces might seen proper motherly subjects, her detailed skulls, bloody still lifes and Halloween-inspired pieces are anything but predictable.
Lambert has been a hobby painter since she was a child. "I was always really active in art through high school," she says, adding that she went to college to be an art teacher. But she worked three jobs while she was a student, and never had a chance to finish her degree. Instead, she transitioned into retail and other gigs -- "waiting tables, all the fun stuff," as Lambert puts it -- to pay the bills.
"I've always wanted to go finish my degree, but haven't had a chance yet," says Lambert. But she did have a chance to get back into painting. "I didn't necessarily quit, but I really let it take a backburner for about eight years," the artist explains.
Her return to the canvas began when Lambert and a friend decided to get together and do crafts, all kinds of artsy stuff. Lambert gravitated toward painting, and eventually started painting on her own, too. "Now it's almost every night," she says happily.
Deyanna Lambert "Zeke." Deyanna Lambert "Tentacle."
Although Lambert mostly paints on canvas, occasionally she'll try other forms and mediums: crochet, knitting -- she's even learning to sew. "I like to jump around a lot; I like to experiment and try different colors and styles," she says, noting that she has dabbled in everything from portraiture to still life and abstract.
Deyanna Lambert "Jack-o'-lantern."
She's also tried her hand at mixed mediums, and is especially fond of a detailed, burlap skull painting embellished with embroidery. "For that, I tried to picture a really old-school medical textbook when I was creating," says Lambert.
Continue reading for more on Lambert's sweet and spooky work.