Lynne is fascinated with the mercurial properties of water based media combining it with collage elements, gels, metallics and other drawing materials to enrich the surface. It is colour, shape and textural elements that she uses primarily to express herself. Her love of the landscape and features of nature provide inspiration for “realistically” rendered paintings. Her journey to explore not only the aesthetic qualities of her materials but also to visually realize her inner voice have led her into the arena of abstraction. Many of the techniques demonstrated by Mary Todd Beam, experimental artist, in a workshop in May 2000 have opened up an entire Pandora’s box of possibilities for future ideas.
Lynne grew up in the Fraser Valley,B.C. where she attended school in Mission and graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1965 with a bachelorʼs degree in Art History. There she briefly studied with Tony Only and B.C. Binning. Following thatshe worked as a chef and house manager for Canadian Mt. Holidays in the Bugaboo Lodge for 20 years. In 1991-92 she attended the Alberta College of Art to hone her rusty drawing skills. She started painting full time in 1996, embarking on an artistʼs journey which allows experimentation rather than commercial production. Locally Lynne studied watercolour painting with Trevor Burton. Later her passion led her to study with Susan Woolgar at Red Deer College learning to make mono-prints. Other workshops followed of artists whose work she admires, Donna Baspaly, Mary Todd, Beam Suzanne Northcote, Gerald Brommer. Other artists who inspire her are Jac Kepart, Brian Ayeto, and Takao Tanabe.
In recent years she has entered into the foray of plein air painting often joining her friends Denise Lemaster, and Desiree Bond well known landscape painters. In 2003, after being an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists for 6 years, she received Associate signature Status ( AFCA). In 2009 a small publication of aboriginal stories from the Stoʼlo group in the FraserValley was launched, called the Sepass Tales. Lynne was the artist hired to produce 16 watercolours to illustrate the essence of each tale. Her works can be found in private collections in the U.S., Europe, Japan, Australia and Canada. At present her works are being sold at Gallery Odin, Silver Star B.C., Chateau Hotel Kimberly, B.C., Helnaʼs Stube , Radium B.C .
See more of Lynn’s work at: http://www.lynnegrillmair.ca/