Muskoka artist Lynda Lynn’s appreciation and understanding of the local landscape runs generations deep.
Her ancestors count among the original pioneers of the region and she’s been a student and documentarian of the region’s beauty through her artwork for her entire life.
Having studied with a multitude of institutions including the Ontario College of Art and Design, Georgian College and Nipissing University, Lynn’s artwork has been shown at galleries around the world from the United Kingdom to New Zealand.
Recently Lynn has been showing her work at her home studio on weekends located at 66 Kimberley Avenue in Bracebridge.
Lynn traces her roots back locally through the Matthias family, some of the earliest settlers in Muskoka in the 1850s. Her father operated the well-known Matthias Furniture and Appliance in Bracebridge until the mid-1970s.
Lynn has worked a number of jobs over the years but has always been passionate about artwork.
“Bob Everett was really instrumental in helping me grow and mature in my artwork. Bob was a local pharmacist and also an amazing painter. In fact, he worked with some of the members of the Group of Seven,” says Lynn.
Since then Lynn has focused on a regiment of constant learning, studying different courses and aspects of her artwork over the years.
She works in a wide range of mediums and finds the study of colour particularly interesting.
“How to mix and use colour is a passion of mine,” she says. “I spent a year just studying colour. The psychology and the science of colour are fascinating.”
Lynn says the landscapes of the region speak to her soul. She most often paints in an abstract realism style that leans toward more non-representational forms of expression.
“I’m always striving to capture that elusive feeling that causes us to draw a breath of elation when we view that ‘something’,” she says. “Doing abstract work is certainly more difficult but I love the challenge of starting with an idea. Often I’ll think of the colour scheme first and try to limit my color palette which makes the painting more harmonious.”
Lynn says abstracted realism encourages the viewer to connect to her artwork through the use of their own imagination and interpretation.
Lynn currently has paintings at multiple juried shows. One is with the Society of Canadian Artists in Montreal, a second is at the Ontario Society of Artist’s show called Homeward in Toronto, and the third is at the Head to Toe exhibition at the Quest Gallery in Midland. That’s in addition to the multitude of our work available to guests at her studio in Bracebridge, and her paintings available at the Britton Gallery on Manitoba Street and Martin’s Framing and Gallery on Taylor Road in Bracebridge.
Lynn’s studio on Kimberley Avenue is open most weekends between 11 and 4 pm until the end of October. You can also view and purchase much of her artwork at Lyndalynn.com.
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