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Lynn Mehta

Lived/Active: California/Virginia

Profession(s): Painter

Known for: Landscape, Seascape, Marine

Style(s): American Impressionist, Plein Air, Impressionist

Medium(s): Oil

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Artist Biography:
Lynn Mehta is a representational artist whose paintings can be characterized as contemporary impressionistic. Thematically, Mehta looks for inspiration that makes a universal connection. She chooses a variety of subject matter and feels her strongest affinity to the purest landscape. As she strives to communicate an idea, or a shared truth about a scene, Mehta evokes emotion through brush work and her particular sense of color. With an early emphasis on drawing and architectural training, Mehta pays attention to accuracy. She applies these skills in order to create a strong design as the abstraction of form comes more into play in her work. Overall, Mehta finds painting outside compelling as she progressively analyzes light and discovers meaningful sources of inspiration.

Born and raised in La Jolla, California, she lived within a block of the Pacific Ocean and nearby canyons, deserts, and mountains of Southern California. The natural environment was her solace as well as her childhood playground. The physical beauty, strong light, and color of California became part of Mehta's artistic consciousness. During summers, she backpacked with her family in the Sierra Nevada Mountains where she always was inspired. When Mehta was an infant and small child, her mother painted the Southern California landscape. Her mother’s paintings were an encouragement and an inspiration. Mehta enrolled in art studio classes every year in high school, drawing mostly in India ink or pencil and experimenting somewhat with oil painting.

Mehta lived a year in India when she was eleven years old. The exposure to other landscapes and cultures would continue to intrigue her as an artist. She has traveled to many places since to vacation and paint, often taking her children with her in order for them to have a similar experience appreciating the richness of other cultures and diverse landscapes. Mehta moved to Alexandria, Virginia in 1996 following her husband's employment relocation. The landscape of the East Coast would encourage her to learn a new and challenging palette.

Mehta initially obtained a B.A. in Art with an emphasis in Environmental Design from San Diego State University. She worked as an architectural assistant for several years. After her children were born, Mehta devoted time to caring for them and teaching art to children in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. Taking the lessons of her own teaching to heart, she began experimenting with a wider range of media. A new attempt with oil colors brought her a great satisfaction. Around 2006, as she began painting with oils, and soon after, Mehta found a passion for painting en plein air.

From 2002 to 2009, Mehta attended classes through The Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia, most notably with watercolorist, Ted Betts, and plein air oil painter, Sara Linda Poly. Many of Mehta's advanced skills in color application, her thorough understanding of color harmony, and a positive approach to artistic sensibilities were garnered from her extensive instruction from Betts and, in turn, Poly. Mehta acknowledges that learning from artists she admires is invaluable, and she has continued to seek more such like teachers. Following studies at The Art League, Mehta has taken workshops at the Yellow Barn in Glen Echo, Maryland, and workshops at the Easton Studio & School in Maryland.

In 2008 she began participating in plein air competitions. Mehta’s participation in these events has extended to about a dozen competitions a year throughout the East Coast, and has expanded to California and Ireland. Since beginning to show her work, Mehta has received numerous honors and awards, including those from the Salmagundi Club where she became a member in 2012. She exhibits nationally and regionally in multiple exhibitions and galleries. Her paintings are included in private collections in the United States and Europe. Her influences include the early Impressionists, especially Vincent Van Gogh, William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Mary Cassatt, Jane Peterson, and Tom Thompson.

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.

Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
2013, Easels in Frederick, Best Rural Landscape/Town Award
2013, Hammonton 6th Annual Plein Air Competition, 1st Place
2013, Capitol Hill Art League, April and March Exhibitions, 1st Place
2012, Plein Air Brandywine, Artist's Choice for Best Artist Award
2012, Salmagundi Club, Open Box M Merit Award, Third Annual Plein Air Exhibition
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

Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):
2013, Paint Annapolis Plein Air Competition and Exhibition, Maryland Hall for Creative Arts
2013, Easels in Frederick Plein Air Competition
2013, Harmony Hall Regional Center, MD, Water Work, 3-person Show
2013, 28th Annual Oxford Fine Arts Fair
2013, Callaway Gardens Plein Air Competition
2013, Charles Reiffel-En Plein Air International Artists Exhibition, San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild
2013, La Piccolo Roma, Maryland Federation of Art, Solo Exhibition
2012, Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo, MD, Solo Exhibition
2012, VOLT Gallery, Frederick, MD, Solo Exhibition
2012, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Plein Air Competition and Exhibition
2012, Art in the Open, Wexford, Ireland
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

Artist Statement:

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.

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