Lyn Smith first became interested in water color painting after retiring and moving to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. The transition to this media opened up a whole new world of discovery for her. She found herself inspired by everything around; from the smallest of God’s creations to the grandeur of the sea and sky.
Lyn is always striving to learn more about the medium – the simple and yet not so simple act of combining colorful pigment with water on paper. She has studied with many artists who have greatly inspired and influenced her work. They include: Kay Barnes, George Zein, Kim Johnson, Karlyn Holman, Mary Franchini, Carol Janda, Linda Aman, Catherine Mix, Joe Garcia and Judy Morris. She also shares her enthusiasm with a small painting group: the North Olympic Watercolorists, founded by the late Gail St. Peter. The group continues to meet on a weekly basis at the lovey Straitside Studio and through Gail’s generosity they will carry on her legacy of learning, sharing art and promoting lasting friendships.
In September 2013, Lyn participated in the first Paint the Peninsula Plein Air Festival and received a 3rd Place Award in the Quick Draw competition. Her paintings have also been selected and shown at juried art shows in Sequim and Port Townsend. Lyn is active in her community and has been involved as a volunteer and participant in the Clallam County Fair. As a contributor she received various ribbons and Best in Division Awards.
As in life, art is a journey. Each day brings a new joy of discovery and accomplishment. Lyn is especially thankful for the gift of art and is happy to share it with others.