Ethel “Tink” Landers’ work reflects the pure joy of living and the energy that flows between all living creatures. Believing in unity and the goodness of life, her work often challenges inequities. She gains insight, compassion and renewal via her relationship to people, places, animals and spirit. Her work reflects her amazement with life and her comfort with many mediums including oil, acrylic, and pastel.
Ethel’s art reflects her Mid-American roots. Born in Terre Haute, Indiana and then adopted at birth by a poor, hard –working couple who’d survived the Great Depression, Ethel was taught to value the simple things in life. Her youth was in the company of farm animals with her best friends being dogs, cats and chickens. Attending many different schools, as her parents moved from Indiana to Oregon and later to the Central Valley of California, Ethel bonded closely with her animals and learned to express herself best through art and writing.
After her father died suddenly in 1960, Ethel, always affectionately called “Tink” by her parents, embraced life based on her mother’s unconditional love and her un-wavering faith in God. From her Mom she witnessed the strength and faith needed by a single woman who struggled to make a living at minimum-wage jobs while raising a daughter during the 1950s-1970s.
Buoyed by the accomplishment and determination shown by her sixty-two year old mother when “Mom” returned to school to attain her high school diploma, Ethel returned to college in 1997 to study art. She graduated in 2003 from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art and Design, Summa Cum Laude. This experience including studying abroad for ten weeks in Thailand, gave Ethel a deeper connection to Thai people, the culture, Theravada Buddhism and the Asian Elephant. She’s since visited Cambodia and Vietnam.
Over a life-time of work you’ll find Ethel’s art filled with color, life, and positive energy. It also can be political, activated by injustice and the plight of the disenfranchised. Her paintings, drawings and writings often give voice to those less fortunate. She’s also painted theater sets for various groups iincluding Bakersfield Civic Light Opera and the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts.
Today, Ethel gains continued inspiration from her love of God, people - specifically her children, grandchildren and partner - and her love for animals. Her original works are in private collections through-out California, Arizona, and the Midwest. Commissions are available. Call 805 550 0348 or write for more information.