Justin Lynch

Justin Lynch

Visual Artist

December 22, 2015


Tell us a little bit about some of your past projects:

I have difficult time focusing on any one art form or creative outlet. Recently, I have done a series of insects during an attempt to create 24 small complete works of art in 48 hours. I made it to about ten works by the second day before I physically hurt and had to throw in the towel. All of those pieces were made using ink, water colors, and gouache. In the previous and following months, I had done calligraphy and illumination for the region's SCA for their members awards and recognitions.

What are you currently working on?:

I am working on a home-grown tabletop war game. Over the past few months I have been painting, building, and creating from scratch my own models, figures and terrain in addition to painting out-of-the-box figures and models. I "home brew" my own game rules as well. All of this is in preparation for a game convention in May, held yearly, at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg. A portion of the proceeds of the event go to the fort.

Living in Toledo is an advantage for your work because:

The cost of living in Toledo is low, which makes room for a bit of expendable income to pursue my many creative outlets.

What's one of your greatest successes?

Self-publishing a comic with my longtime friend Kris Lachowski. The project was an experimentation to see how many forms of art we could cram into one comic. Everything from printmaking, drawing, sculpture, and even Microsoft Paint. It took years of on-again, off-again toil weaving between two lives. All of this was to see what worked or how to make it work. It can be read at Mean Goat Comics; just click on the wrinkly headed guy at the bottom of the page.

What inspires you?

Books, my life is surrounded by books. Be it art, science, fiction, history or anything in between, that's where I find my inspiration. Motivation, on the other hand, comes out of the difficult times life throws my way.

About your background:

I am mostly self-taught. I've been creating for as long as I can remember.

Is there a favorite quote you try to live by?

"I protest! I am not a merry man!"  — Worf

Nothing to live by, but one of my favorites.

What's your favorite local culture in Toledo?:

The creative arts culture is booming here, and that is very encouraging.

Toledo’s best-kept secret is…

It wouldn’t be a secret if I told you.

Your favorite place to chill locally is…

The Metroparks.

Favorite natural space in Toledo:


When not working hard, you can be found…

In my studio, hard at work, or traveling, in which case you will not find me.

If you could change the current landscape for creative progressive people in Toledo...

This is not within my realm of expertise.

One person (living or deceased) you’d like to collaborate with:

I am no wordsmith or poet by any means, but I would love to work with someone who is. I'd like to illuminate and transcribe their works in calligraphy.

An album, book or website you can’t live without:

The Lord of the Rings. I read it every other year or so.

Three words that best describe you and/or your work:

Attention Deficit Disorder. All kidding aside, I'm precise, detailed, and controlled.

Your 5 ‘desert island’ album picks:

Black Sabbath - Paranoid

Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed

The Smiths- The Queen is Dead

Radiohead- Kid A

Slayer - Reign In Blood

Biggest vice is…

An ice-cold bottle of Coke.

I’d like to see _______ in Toledo.

A theatre that plays more than just the blockbusters. I'm going to sound like an old man shaking his fist in the air, but back in my high school days, there was a theatre or two that did this. Not anymore, and the absence is noticeable.

The last dream you recall:

Some kind of nightmare, being chased or maybe I was chasing something? Not really sure.

The last lyric that moved you:

Nine Inch Nails - Hurt

One movie character you identify with:

These are literary characters, and they are interchangeable: Sam and Frodo in Lord of the Rings. That friendship is something I have with my best friend and we've often discussed this, the big nerds that we are.

The best gift I ever received was…

Next to art supplies, I'd have to say the board game Hero Quest. It is where I first learned how to strip away rules and create my own. It also lead to highly detailed painting of figures, which then translated to other visual forms or art.

My most inspiring moment is/was:

I'm inspired most when walking through museums I have never visited. That, or working around fellow artists.

I want my last meal to be:

A messy double bacon cheeseburger and fries.


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