Lynne B. Wilcox Bio
"Pastels create paintings of intense color, dramatic light and subtle shading. Finding nuances of light and intricacies of pattern thrill me as I work in my studio in Old Naples. There is never one way to approach a painting, and I’m open to the limitless range of techniques and approaches pastel offers. Always loving to draw, I find pastels offer me a combination of drawing and painting, with a freshness, purity, and vibrancy unlike any other fine artists’ material. I am interested in capturing the light in which a scene or still life is bathed, and the space where the object sits. Colors, shapes, details….no subject is simple and the more visually complicated, the more interesting to paint.
Truly, the joy is in the creating!"
Born Chicago, Illinois, Lynne developed an early interest in art: drawing, painting and art history. After graduating from SUNY Buffalo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Art Education, she taught art for several years before putting her active painting aside to raise a family and own a business. The experience of living in Germany, Hong Kong, and Japan with her husband Ed, an executive, and their two children provided a wealth of study and travel opportunities. She has been intensely interested in visiting major art museums throughout the world, and recently added The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia to her list.
For years, she has combined her passion for painting and travel by visiting the West, as well as Italy and France annually with her pastels and easel. She painted in Monet’s Garden in Giverny in October 2004, an artistic highlight!. Lynne’s paintings hang in private collections in the United States, Canada, Great Brittain, and France.
Lynne co-owned a retail business for twenty years, retiring to pursue her interest in art. After renovating their winter home in Old Naples, Florida, Lynne and Ed became permanent residents in 2000. She renewed her love of painting after discovering the medium of pastels and enrolled in classes and workshops in Florida, Vermont, and New Mexico. Soft pastels offer her clean, brilliant colors of pure pigment, which yield exciting results as she works on archival surfaces, painting her favorite subject, still life. She feels that a strong composition and a range of values give her paintings a necessary structure.
Lynne has studied with nationally recognized Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame and Master Pastelists: Sally Strand, PSA and Albert Handell, PSA, Pastel Society of America Master Pastelists Gregory Biolchini, PSA, and Angelo Grado, and Pastel Society of America Signature Members: Robert Carsten, PSA, Sangita Phadke, PSA, Irving Boker, PSA, Fred Somers, PSA.
In March of 2008, Lynne was elected a Juried Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA). She has been juried into many national and local artist exhibitions and won numerous awards, including "Best of SHow".
Lynne is a Past President of the Southwest Florida Pastel Society (SWFPS), a member of the Naples Art Association, Art League of Bonita Springs, and the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). She has twice been Chairman of the Pastel Society’s annual fundraiser, Alla Prima Pastels. Lynne partnered with Karen Stone and opened ArtGallery OldNaples2, a small gallery in Crayton Cove in Naples, FL in 2009.
It was a great honor for Lynne to be selected and invited to participate in the Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art Annual Artists’ Studio Tour, March 2013. Lynne’s home and guesthouse studio were opened to 500 attendees.
Lynne can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Contact Us page on this website.
2014 The Pastel Journal, October issue: "On Display"
2010 The Richeson 75 International Pastels 2010
Naples Daily News Front Page Feature: "Walls Going Bare in 4 Galleries" May 23, 2015
Naples Daily News Neapolitan "Pastel Gallery Recognize" November 2014
Life in Naples Artist of Crayton Cove April, 2013
Florida Weekly Where to Go, What to See January 201
Naples Daily News Showcase March 2010
Bonita Banner The Arts April 2013
Naples Daily News Showcase Visual Arts Fetaure March 2009