Anne Kindl was being practical. She went to Iowa State University and got a bachelor's degree in graphic design. She had aspirations to be an artist but took the sensible path into corporate graphic design.
"At first, everything was done by hand with things like linotype," Kindl says.
Things slowly went to computer- generated imagery, and Kindl has some of the designs from that era in her studio, including sharp, bold promotional images.
But after 23 years in graphic design, Kindl has spent the past three years transitioning to that original passion, a career as a pastel artist.
Wednesday morning, her studio at Artists Attic, on the fourth floor at Victorian Square downtown, was fairly tidy. She had packed up much of her work for her debut appearance at the American Founders Bank Woodland Art Fair this weekend.
It's another milestone in a career that has had its highs and lows since Kindl decided to hang out her shingle as an artist. She has enjoyed the patronage of institutions such as hospitals that find her calm work ideal for their settings and galleries in cities such as Atlanta and Rochester, N.Y., that have exhibited her work. As she is gearing up for Woodland, Kindl is thinking ahead to a solo show this fall at Louisville's Brown Hotel.
But she is also excited by the opportunity events such as Woodland present, having exhibited at other shows such as Louisville's famed St. James Court Art Show.
"Being in your hometown is exciting," she says. "It's really a good opportunity to show Lexington all of the different forms of art we have. Shows are a wonderful marketing tool and a great way to get work out there and meet people."
In developing her career, Kindl says, she has enjoyed the camaraderie of Artists Attic, particularly fellow Woodland and pastel artist Marianna McDonald.
As she grows, Kindl says, she is interested in exploring different subjects and finding new inspirations.
"I'll stay on this path until the kids graduate," says Kindl, who has children in seventh and 11th grades. "Then we'll travel and do more shows."
The dream was maybe slightly deferred, but now Kindl is living it.