Hill Girt Farm
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Lynn Mehta is a contemporary impressionist painter who receives her inspiration from the landscape and the world around her. Born and raised in La Jolla, California, she now lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Truly an artist since childhood, she took art studio classes every year in high school, picking up pen and ink and pencils to sketch and draw every chance she had. Lynn obtained her B.A. in Art from San Diego State University and has taken many classes and workshops through The Art League in Alexandria, Capitol Hill Art League in Washington, DC, Easton Studio and School, and Yellow Barn Studio in Maryland.
Over the years, Lynn has explored a wide variety of media and has applied her knowledge of art to picture framing, as an architectural assistant, and teaching art to young children. Lynn realized that using color and painting directly from the subject of the landscape was a driving inspiration and source of satisfaction to her.
Growing up she was influenced by the art of her mother who painted the Southern California landscape when Lynn was a young child. She has been inspired by impressionist artists from the beginning of the last century. Her favorites include Vincent VanGogh, William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Mary Cassatt, and Tom Thompson. She has received instruction from and has been inspired by artists, Sara Linda Poly, Ted Betts, and Tim Bell.
Lynn spent much of her childhood and young adulthood exploring the beaches, canyons, deserts, and mountains around her home. During summers, she backpacked with her family in the Sierra Nevada Mountains where she always felt free. In addition, she lived a year in India when she was eleven years old. She has traveled to many places since, taking her children with her in order for them to have a similar experience appreciating the richness of other cultures and diverse landscapes.
Her membership includes Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, Women Painters of the Southeast, Oil Painters of America, California Art Club, American Impressionist Society, and Salmagundi Club. Lynn is active with multiple art organizations in the Northern Virginia/Washington, DC metropolitan area and holds bin gallery membership at The Art League in Alexandria, VA. A recipient of many honors and awards, she received the John Collins Memorial Award at the American Artists Professional League's 83rd Grand National Exhibition in New York.
San Diego State University,San Diego,CA; 1983-1988.
The Art League, Alexandria,VA; 2002-2009.
Sara Lindy Poly, Alexandria, VA; 2008-2009.
Yellow Barn Studio, Glen Echo Park,MD; 2009
Easton Studio and School, Easton,MD; 2010-12.
2011, American Artists Professional League 83rd Grand National Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, John Collins Memorial Award
2011, Out and About Norfolk Plein Air Competition, In the French Tradition Award
2011, Maryland Federation of Art, Caruso Award for Painting
2011, Capitol Hill Art League, Best of Show
2010, Out and About Norfolk Plein Air Competition, In the French Tradition Award
2011, Art in City Hall, The Art League Award
2010, Art in City Hall, The Art League Award
2012, 28th Annual Oxford Fine Arts Fair
2012, Mountain Maryland Plein Air Competition, Saville Gallery
2012, Plein Air Coastal Delaware
2012, Women Painters of the Southeast 1st Annual Show, Corse Gallery
2012, California Art Club "Iconic California" Show
2012, Paint Out Chadds Ford, Chadds Ford Historical Society
2011, American Artists Professional League 83rd Grand National Exhibition
2011, National Institute of Health East Gallery, Solo Exhibition
2011, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art Plein Air Competition
2011, Plein Air Brandywine Valley
2011, Paint It! Ellicott City
2011, Mountain Maryland Plein Air Competition, Saville Gallery
2011, Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Invitational Group Show
2011, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Solo Exhibition
2010, CITY Gallery 1st Annual Juried Show
2010, Park Gables Gallery VMRC Multimedia Art Exhibition
2010, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Solo Exhibition
American Impressionist Society, 2012, Member
The Art League, Alexandria, VA, 2009, Bin Gallery Member, Grassroots Committee
California Art Club, 2012, Member
Capital Hill Arts League, 2006, Member
Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, 2009, Member
Maryland Federation of Arts, 2009, Member
Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, 2009, Member
Oil Painters of America, 2012, Member
Salmagundi Club, 2012, Member
Women Painters of the Southeast, 2012, Member
When I create my art I feel connected to the reassurance and spirit that I receive from the landscape and the world around me. Throughout my painting experience, I have been exploring how a landscape can become a source of solace and inspiration. I find local spaces to paint outside and travel to paint when I get the opportunity. In the studio, I try to re-capture the sense of a place and how I feel about it by using color and applying paint with the confidence I feel when I am outside.
Rather than painting every leaf on the tree, I strive to paint the essence of the view and what is most important about it. I think a painting should celebrate its subject, so that every brush stroke should try to capture what it is about the day, the light and how I am feeling looking at it. As technology increasingly records for us so many details of the world around us, I feel that as an artist, it is my duty to try to put my own personality into the painting.
In my journey as an artist, I am increasingly aware of how much the world belongs to all of us. I feel that there is a whole world out there with visual truths and memories ingrained in us all. It is my hope to bring the viewer into my painting to share a small piece of what is our home. In addition, it is my hope that my impression of it is part of the painting.