Both the visual and the intangible elements of her paintings are a language that speaks from the soul of this Muskoka artist, while her love of the Canadian landscape offers ever changing inspiration.
Her unique abstracted realism style encourages the imagination of the viewer by involving them through the use of their own imagination and connection to the art.
A master of colour, and working in a wide range of mediums, Lynda has continued to study art all of her life, being introduced to painting by noted Muskoka landscape painter, Robert Emerson Everett; attending the Ontario College of Art and Design, Georgian College, Nipissing University, Fleming College, as well as studying with numerous master artists.
How to mix and use colour is a passion, allowing her to share her knowledge by instructing at various workshops throughout Canada.
She was a founding director and an instructor at the Muskoka School of the Arts, and is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists, as well as of the Ontario Society of Artists and the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.
Lynda supports “Friends of the Muskoka Watershed” with paintings about the creatures that inhabit our water systems and are critical to keeping our lakes healthy. They can be viewed at the Muskoka Discovery Centre on Lake Muskoka inGravenhurst, Ontario.
Lynda’s paintings hang in private and corporate collections including the following - Canada (Industry Canada), USA (Citybank, NY), United Kingdom (University of Birmingham), New Zealand (Air Rider Hovercraft), and Norway (Municipality of Gol).
Why do I paint what I do?
I love the landscape and appreciate the beauty of the natural world, and am attracted to quiet, uninhabited places or the expansiveness of a long view. I tend to gravitate toward secluded spots, grand vistas over water or rolling hills, rushing waterfalls and quiet pools, fresh sunlit snow with deep shadows, the glorious riot of fall trees in full colour, but also the quiet colours of November that make any bit of brightness glow.
My work is a loose representation of what is visual, with the style being abstracted realism or, using the new term, disrupted realism, as well as more abstracted works that still contain the essence of the subject, influenced by either a “real thing” or a perhaps simply a thought of feeling about something.
I love to create paintings that others are attracted to, enough to explore the image and appreciate not just the art, but also what inspired the painting. Rather than a realistic representation I work toward capturing the essence, letting simplified shapes, subjective colour, and varied line, to do the communicating.
In order to do so, a good academic grounding in drawing and painting gives one the visual language needed to portray these emotions and to be disciplined enough to leave out the things that weren’t a part of that initial gut reaction to the subject. The action of painting itself allows an artist to develop this language.
And above all, I lose myself in the excitement of exploring and learning while painting. It gives me such great pleasure. It speaks to the soul.
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To view more of her work, visit: muskokaartist-lyndalynn.com