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Lyn is a painter and printmaker working in oil and watercolour. She looks for the essence of the Australian landscape in her travels from the Torres Strait to arid Outback Queensland to the forests of Tasmania, and the coast in between, to capture the beauty of the skylines and landscapes we love.
Lyn has been making art for more than 30 years. She loves the sensuous nature and colours of oils and watercolours. She has a Diploma of Fine Art from the Brisbane Institute of Art and was mentored by and worked in the studio of respected artist the late Wim de Vos.
Lyn travelled through Outback south west Queensland during the Covid lockdowns. Her ‘Enormous Vastness’ series of oils was inspired but the ancient beauty of the landscapes she saw. The title comes from Kev Carmody’s ‘Droving Woman’ which is set in the region. ‘For many Australians, the outback is somewhere they fly over on their way overseas,’ Lyn says. ‘They might look down and marvel at the vastness of the continent but they do not really see the ancient beauty below. They might not even realise they are flying over the area where Qantas was born.’
Lyn’s ‘Habitats’ series of watercolours is inspired by the birds, animals and plants of the wetlands, woodlands, heath and shore. She makes marks using bark, leaves, lichen, seeds and sedges to suggest the habitat of each creature, without concern for scale or realism.
Lyn’s ‘Disappearing Skylines’ series began when she was on Teewah Beach north of Noosa, looking up at the high dunes. ‘The dunes reminded me of the rusting roofs in West End where I live’, she says. ‘These beautiful iron roofs are disappearing, making way for high-rise towers, just as the coastal dunes erode, the oceans rise, the forests disappear and the deserts change. I think of the beauty that is there but that may not be there tomorrow.’
Lyn’s 2019 ‘Brisbane River from the Mountains to the Bay’, a work consisting of 72 postcard-size oil paintings and a hand-stitched artist’s book, was exhibited by Bank Australia and was a finalist in the 2022 Lethbridge Landscape Prize. In 2017 her ‘Pumicestone Passage’ series of 26 paintings was exhibited at the Queensland Law Society, with funds raised going to the Environmental Defenders Office Queensland.