Lynne Saunders is a west coast Canadian painter and sculptor. Preferring oil and watercolour mediums, her subjects are diverse. Her favourites are the "Rocks and Arbutus" and "Pond" series within her landscape paintings. A more lighthearted series is the still life "Shoe Series" executed in watercolour. Her landscapes are large, inspired by the west coast marine environment where Lynne spends her summers cruising the waters around Vancouver Island.
Portraits are another major interest both in painting and sculpture. Life size sculpture portraits have been constructed in both fired clay and bronze.
Lynne says, "Every piece is both a challenge and a learning process, especially when working large. I continually strive for excellence and to present the essence of my subjects in a significant way so viewers can share my vision.”
Brief Overview of Education & History
Born in Victoria, B.C. 1947.
Grade 5, won art classes at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and started to work in oils in Junior High School.
Post Secondary: Worked as a hairstylist while attending University of Victoria. Graduated with a BFA in visual arts in 1970.
1970 - 79 - Worked at a variety of art related jobs: display artist in a department store, selling art and setting up exhibits in a private gallery, worked in a public art gallery etc.
1971 - 81 - Returned to University of Victoria. Completed internship in secondary school teaching and BEd.
1981 - 94 - Taught senior secondary Art and English in Calgary, Alberta. - classes in sculpture at the Alberta College of Art. - bronze casting at Red Deer College - painted in watercolour and oil: mostly prairie subjects influenced by living on a working farm east of Calgary.
1994 - Moved to Vancouver Island. Established an art studio and continually develops work in oil, watercolour and sculpture.
2001 Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists' National Exhibition: Vancouver, B.C.
2001 Timms Fine Art Gallery, Courtenay, B.C.
1997 - 2001 Greater Victoria Art Gallery, Art Rental Program
1997 North Island Regional Arts Council Juried Exhibit
1997 Community Arts Council, Invitational Exhibit
1996 Arts Alliance Gallery, Courtenay, B.C. "International Works on Paper Competion", honourable mention
1995 - 1996 Wisden Galleries, Courtenay, B.C.
1995 - 1996 Chemainus Theatre Art Gallery
1993 -1994 Triangle Art Rental, Juried Exhibit, Calgary, Alberta
1992 - 1994 Peter's Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1995 "Return to Laughter" Invitational Exhibit, Muttart Gallery, Calgary, Alberta