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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
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
Oil Painters of America
Whistler House Museum of Art / 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
Recent Exhibition History, Awards, and Recognition:
Oil Painters of America Salon Show Juried Exhibition, 2018, 2020; National Juried Exhibition, 2017; Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2021, 2022.
Hudson Valley Art Association National Juried Exhibition, 2018, 2020; Jane Peterson Memorial Award for Still Life, 2020.
Guild of Boston Artists Annual Juried Members Show, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, Award of Merit, 2017; Sisters of the Brush and Palette - Women Artists of the Guild, 2021; New England Regional Painting Competitions, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
International ARC Salon Competition, Finalist, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019.
Academic Artists Association’s Annual National Exhibits, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022; Arts Unlimited Award of Excellence for Oil Still Life 2004, 2005; Helen Prince Memorial Award for Oil Still Life, 2012; Grumbacher Award for Oil Painting, 2016; Clarence F. and Helen G. Prince Memorial Award, 2022.
Rockport Art Association & Museum Summer Juried Shows, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021; New England Invitational Juried Show, 2011; Marguerite Pearson Gold Medal For Most Outstanding Work In Any Medium, 2015; Garie and Ken Perry Award For Excellence In Painting, 2015; Chipp Davis Wells and Amee B. Davis Memorial Award For Excellence In Painting, 2016; Fall Group Show Award, 2017; Hattie and John Wentworth Memorial Award For Excellence In Painting, 2021.
American Artists Professional League Grand National Exhibition, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021; Helen DeCozen Memorial Award for a Floral, 2016.
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Annual Exhibition, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2022; Katherine A. Lovell Memorial Award, 2022.
Whistler House Museum of Art Still Lifes Invitational Exhibition, 2016; Rockport at the Whistler Juried Show, 2019; Annual Members Juried Show, 2017, 2018, 2019; Whistler Award, 2018.
MASS MoCA, Assets for Artists Grant Recipient.
Boston Voyager, Featured in "The Thought-Provokers: Celebrating Artists and Creatives," 2018.