Raised in Montana, Lynne learned to look closely at the surrounding landscape and appreciate the quality of light. She received her first set of oil paints from her father when she was 12 years old. He was a cattleman with a great appreciation for nature and beauty, whose stepmother studied with Charles Russell. He always encouraged Lynne’s creativity. It was the beginning of a lifelong love of oil painting. Lynne earned her bachelor’s degree from Rocky Mountain College where she minored in fine art. She continued her studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art and has studied with Sherrie McGraw, David Leffel, Robert Johnson, Johanne Mangi and Sara Siltala. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, Rio Grande Artists Association and New Mexico Art League. In her work she seeks to celebrate the beauty and individuality of subjects found in everyday life. Lynne remembers her father’s encouragement in revert painting. Her signature includes his brand – “Bar Reverse 77”.
The beauty found in everyday life and in nature have been my inspiration since first picking up a paint brush as a teenager. This particular show includes a passion for wildlife as well as several still life paintings. Regardless of the subject matter, my goal is to create an intimate painting that looks at a particular animal or object – a specific flower, piece of fruit or more recently animal or bird.
The play of light as it moves over the subject is also of interest to me and is best illustrated in my still life paintings. These paintings are done in the style of the old masters called chiaroscuro – literally light & dark which emphasizes the way light reveals the form of objects. Again the objects are simple everyday fruits, flowers and vases. I believe the simplicity accentuates the beauty.