Lynn Dunbar-Capturing The Sprit Of Kentucky
June 1st through June 30th, 2018
Opening Reception with the artist; Friday, June 8th from 6-10pm
Lynn Dunbar’s love of the rivers, cities and rolling hills of Kentucky shine through her imaginative and impressionist artwork. With luscious oils and vibrant colors she captures the Ohio River sunsets, the streets of LOUISVILLE and the flowers from her garden. She paints both studio and plein air, interpreting the light, location and time of day into a visual delight.
Beauty abounds in the hills, rivers and fields of Kentucky and Indiana. Plein air oil painting allows me to be amidst all this natural beauty, breathing the fresh air, hearing the birds sing, and feeling the sun, breeze (and sometimes rain) against my skin while attempting to paint a “masterpiece.” Painting is my divine connection with nature. These plein air studies are taken back my studio where I apply the sense of light and color to my larger landscape and aerial work. My light filled studio, at Hope Mills building is inspiring. I am grateful for all these gifts.
Adventurous and a tad off kilter, sorta like my aerial oil paintings, is one way to describe me. Color and composition fill my paintings, as exemplified by the artists I admire; William Wendt, Edgar Payne and Sergei Bongart. I started my art career as an advertising art director, and found my way to oil painting through workshops with Wolf Kahn, John Michael Carter, Jill Carver, Bill Fletcher and Skip Whitcomb.
I have participated in, and won awards for my oil paintings in plein air competitions on the local and national level. My artwork is featured on the 2018 Kentucky Derby and Oaks Posters available at Churchill Downs, and will be featured on the 2018 Holiday Edition of Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Other awards include Award of Merit 2016, Owensboro Museum of Art, Science and History, Grand Prize Portland Heritage Arts Show 2014, honorable mention at the Salon International 2013, the 2012 Purchase Prize from the Owensboro Museum of Art, and the 2011 Grand Prize from the Louisville Women’s Club, and work is featured in the September 2017 Plein Air Magazine, and in American Art Review.
Memberships include Signature Status of American Impressionist Society, Indiana Plein Air Painters and Painters of the Bluegrass.