New arts society president creates it all
From painting, to photography, and even bonsai, Cambridge man Lindsay Muirhead does it all.
He was recently named as the new president of the Cambridge Arts Society.
Originally from the South Island, Muirhead has many landscape photos that he has turned into incredible oil paintings.
He began painting in the early 1980s and learned by watching other artists and asking them questions.
‘‘If you enjoy something enough and put enough practise in, it can happen.
‘‘I must have had a bit of artistic flair in me which goes back to secondary school, art was my best subject,’’ he said.
He followed an artist called Jonathan White, who published a book called Majestic Wildness.
Muirhead remembers it costing a fair bit, but he ‘‘drooled’’ over the book and tried to recreate that style of artwork with his own flair.
Now he is retired and spends most of him time painting, photographing and creating bonsai trees.
He is part of the Cambridge Camera Club.
‘‘It’s different to painting, but photography is an art, it is similar in the way that you are creating light and you are creating an image,’’ he said.
‘‘If you invest in yourself, you gain the benefit of it.’’
He started planting bonsai trees about 21 years ago and specialises in Shohin Bonsai, which are trees under 25 centimetres tall.
Some of trees are 40 to 50 years old.
‘‘Again it’s another art form, it’s about growing a big type of tree in a small pot, you are making art out of nature,’’ Muirhead said.
He first saw them at a garden exhibition in Christchurch and purchased his first bonsai. He still has that tree today. Now they cover his back yard. ‘‘Some people say I’m a little addicted,’’ he laughed.
A bonsai is created by starting with a cutting, seedling, or small tree suitable for bonsai development - nearly any stemmed tree or shrub species that produces branches.
He is now thinking about holding bonsai workshops for people in the community who may be interested in learning more about the art form.
Cambridge Arts Society President Lindsay Muirhead working on a current painting. Inset: One of his Shohin Bonsai trees.