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Drawn to the beauty of nature, Lynne has been painting her whole life. Throughout her school years she took as many different kinds of art classes as she could, from ceramics to calligraphy to lithography. However, she never found the intensive and thorough training that she desired until she met Robert Cormier, the instructor of the R.H. Ives Gammell Studios in Boston, MA and a former Gammell student himself. Lynne subsequently studied with him for 4 years.
Lynne then furthered her studies with Paul Ingbretson, another Gammell student, in Manchester, NH, for more than 5 years. Lynne’s training comprised as much focus on learning to see as on the craft of drawing and painting. Robert Cormier called it an impressionistic approach, based on what hits the eye first. Paul Ingbretson calls it painting in the visual order. She found truth in Gammell’s words, “A student’s progress seems to him like the falling of successive scales from his eyes… It is, in fact, only after his eyes have acquired a fairly high degree of sensitivity, which is to say, when he can paint fairly well, that a student realizes the overwhelming difficulty of painting.”
Her studies began with charcoal cast drawing, as taught in the 19th century European atelier system. From cast drawing Lynne progressed to still life drawing and oil painting, figure drawing, and, finally, portraiture and figure painting. To complement her intensive studio work, she studied plein air landscape painting with David Curtis, yet another Gammell student.
Lynne has won many awards and has numerous works in private collections. She is a member of the Guild of Boston Artists, the Rockport Art Association & Museum, and the Lowell Art Association, Inc., where she exhibits regularly. Additionally, she is a member of and participates in regional and international competitions at the International ARC Salon, the Academic Artists Association, the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the American Artists Professional League, and the Oil Painters of America. Lynne currently works from north light in a studio in Lawrence and resides in Lowell, MA.
The Guild of Boston Artists
Rockport Art Association & Museum
Academic Artists Association
American Artists Professional League
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
Oil Painters of America
Lowell Art Association, Inc.
Paul Ingbretson School of Drawing and Painting, Manchester, NH, 1997-2003
David Curtis landscape painting workshops, Essex, MA, 1996-1997
R.H. Ives Gammell Studios with Robert Cormier, Boston, MA, 1992-1996
Wesleyan University, Bachelor of Arts, 1984
Recent Exhibition History and Awards:
International ARC Salon Competition, Finalist, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.
Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.
Academic Artists Association’s Annual National Exhibits, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; Arts Unlimited Award of Excellence for Oil Still Life (twice), Helen Prince Memorial Award for Oil Still Life, 2012, Grumbacher Award for Oil Painting, 2016.
Guild of Boston Artists New England Representational Painting Competitions, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
Rockport Art Association & Museum Summer Juried Shows, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; Marguerite Pearson Gold Medal For Most Outstanding Work In Any Medium, 2015, Garie & Ken Perry Award For Excellence In Painting, 2015, Chipp Davis Wells & Amee B. Davis Memorial Award For Excellence In Painting, 2016.
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Annual Exhibition, 2014, 2015.
American Artists Professional League Grand National Exhibition, 2013, 2014, 2016; Helen DeCozen Memorial Award for a Floral, 2016.
Rockport Art Association & Museum New England Invitational Juried Show, 2011.
MASS MoCA, Assets for Artists Grant and Training Recipient.