Lynn Mehta, Alexandria, Virginia
Lynn lives in Alexandria, Virginia, along the Potomac River which flows into the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. She grew up along the Pacific Ocean, in La Jolla, California and has painted as long as she can remember.
She feels the most free when she paints outdoors. There are so many beautiful places to paint in the area where she lives. Lynn is stimulated by the discovery of both new and familiar landscapes. When she gets the opportunity, she takes trips to paint. Beaches, cities, mountains, farms, rivers, deserts, docks offer endless inspiration!
When Lynn paints, she connects with changing light, the color of the landscape, and movement. She focuses on abstract shapes and forms creating a whole. The fluidity of oil paint is well-suited to her personality. She enjoy applys it thickly, moving it around as a form of her expression.
Since Lynn began exhibiting and competing as a full-time professional in 2008, she has received more than 60 honors and awards. Her work is found in private and public collections in the United States, France, and England.
Lynn has been a featured artist in Plein AirMagazine, Washington, DC’s Hill Rag and is one of the artists of the 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic.
Her membership includes the American Impressionist Society and California Art Club. She has been elected Signature Membership in the American Society of Marine Artists. She is juried into the Oil Painters of America, the Salmagundi Club, and the Washington Society of Landscape Painters. She is an Artist Member of Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and a Fellow in the American Artists Professional League, New York, NY.
Her Love of Art
Lynn was influenced by the art of her mom who painted the California landscape and encouraged her interest in art by setting up her toddler easel outdoors, enrolling her in art classes, giving her personal instruction, and purchasing art supplies for her. Lynn developed a love for books early and spent hours pouring over the “Art for Children” books by Ernest Lloyd Raboff, especially Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee.
As her own children were growing up, she taught part-time at their school, heading up the Art Summer Camp and Extended Day Art Program.
Lynn is currently taking advantage of the opportunities in her area to earn a Certificate in World Art from the Smithsonian Associate Program in Washington, DC.