Following a successful career in real estate, Muskoka artist Lynda Lynn now relishes the time she enjoys in her Muskoka studio. She communes with her muse in the “landscape and beauty of the natural world, in quiet uninhabited places or in the expansiveness of a long view”. When searching for new material, Lynda may find herself deep in the woods, by a roaring waterfall, overlooking a quiet lake and distant rolling hills, in the deep shadows of sunlit snow, or basking in the blazing fall colours of Ontario trees.
The artist’s interest in art began at an early age with a love of colour and colouring. She learned to sit quietly and “just observe”, which is a must for any artist. After high school Lynda pursued formal art education at the Ontario College of Art, Georgian College, and Nipissing University, as well as the Haliburton School of the Arts where she received a solid academic grounding in drawing and painting.
More recently, with those well-developed skills in place, rather than simply painting just what she sees, she moved to a looser style of painting, allowing the artist to put more of her feelings into the art. “Disrupted or abstracted realism still contains the essence of the subject,” Lynda says, “instilling more of my thoughts and feelings into the work.”
The artist enjoys a challenge and, as a result, her art continues to evolve and change. “The action of painting itself allows one to develop their own artistic language,” she says. Over this past year of COVID isolation, without the consideration of selling work or going into a gallery, she enjoyed this gift of time to play, experiment and grow.
Lynda loves creating work that encourages discussion about the art, but also about the inspiration behind it. With many of her paintings, the viewer gets the sense of looking around a corner into something, or finding something unexpected. The great Edgar Degas said: “A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness and some fantasy. When you make your meaning perfectly plain, you end up boring people.” The comment aptly sums up the artist’s work. Lynda Lynn’s art will never bore you and will always provide a little something to stimulate your imagination.
“A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness and some fantasy. When you make your meaning perfectly plain, you end up boring people.”Degas
In 2020 Lynda was honoured to be juried into the prestigious Ontario Society of Artists, Canada’s longest continuing art society. This year she joins the Society of Canadian Artists.
About the Author: Muskoka writer and visual artist Wendie Donabie paints pictures with words and flavours her creations with alliteration, similes and metaphors. When words won’t do the job, she turns to her easel and paints what stirs her heart and soul – most often her love of the natural world. Wendie has published work in magazines and in poetry and literary collections. At this time, she is working on a murder mystery set in a forested resort area somewhere in North America. Wendie is co-founder of Muskoka Authors Association, operates Heron’s Nest Studio Gallery and is one of the organizers of ARTrail Muskoka. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram and www.WendieDonabie.com.