ABOUT THE ARTIST

Lynne Polley

Oil Painter

About Lynne Polley

Born in Ohio, and raised in Connecticut, artist Lynne Polley has called Florida home for over thirty years. Lynne attended a liberal arts college, with an emphasis on drawing and painting, then followed with an A.S. Degree in Advertising Design. While continuing a career as an award winning graphic designer in the fields of advertising and publishing, Lynne’s paintings were being exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the south, northeast and Pacific Northwest. Lynne’s many years of working in the field of graphic arts and her experience as an oil painter have both contributed to her love of design, color and composition. Drawn to the beauty one can only find outdoors, she continues to respond to nature and has studied with some of the nations best contemporary plein air artists. Although not limited to landscapes, Lynne is drawn to nature. She also credits a degree of genetics to her love of the arts saying, “I have loved painting and drawing almost all my life. I grew up in a very creative family, music and art — loud and expressive!”.

Lynne’s great uncle was a professor of Architecture and Planning at the University of Miami. The Wilkins Archives was named in recognition of his contributions to the study of historic architecture, primarily Coral Gables and the Venetian Pool in Miami. Mother Jane was an accomplished photographer while father Howard, a lifelong violinist, began his career as a child protege at age eight attending Yale and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Grandmother, Katherine Polley Day, was an award winning painter, sculptor and mixed media artist and member of the Lyme Art Association, in Connecticut until her death at 102.

Artist’s Statement “I find that I am driven to consistently explore all directions of creating art to achieve my personal best. I love to experiment, and find the camaraderie that my painting community offers to be such wonderful support. I am drawn to light and shape of hidden out-of-the way places. Finding beauty in the ordinary, what we pass by daily without noticing, are the most interesting to me. I have carried a sketchbook with me for the past twenty years, and create pen and ink and watercolors of my travels. I often use these quick sketches to create finished works in the studio. I work primarily in oils, large format and small with varying degrees of abstraction. And then of course, there is my other love of gardens. Working in plein air allows being completely absorbed in one particular place. When I take my smaller plein air paintings into the studio to produce larger works, it feels like I am in that same location all over again. I am constantly striving to improve, and attend workshops by artists whose work I admire. Every one of these artists approaches painting in a different way. I gain so much insight, and am so grateful to these teachers who offer their love of the craft, unmatched talent and who encourage me to continue.”

Lynne currently has a studio located in College Park, Orlando.



Awards & Exhibits


2011 Organizer/Exhibitor: Tarrywile Park & Mansion Second Plein Air Festival, Danbury, CT.

Workshop, Larry Moore Plein Air, New Smyrna, FL, November 3-5, 2011.
 
2010 Comma Gallery, Group Exhibit, Orlando Florida.

Northlight Gallery, Group Exhibition, Kenebunkport, ME.

Organizer/Exhibitor: Tarrywile Park & Mansion First Annual Plein Air Festival, Danbury, CT.

2009 Two Person Show, “A Color Collaborative,”- Chris Torbett Crocker and Lynne Polley,
The Garage Gallery, Point Clear, Alabama.

Represented by Crow Valley Pottery, East Sound Gallery, Orcas Island, Washington.

Featured Artist, Crow Valley Pottery Garden Party Exhibit and Sale, Orcas Island, Washington, June 2009.

Workshop, Gregg Kreutz, Mt. Dora, FL.

2008 Group Exhibit: Comma Gallery. For the Love of Cows. Celebrating the Cattle Industry in Central Florida.

Represented by Crow Valley Pottery, East Sound Gallery, Orcas Island, Washington.

Featured Artist, Crow Valley Pottery Garden Party Exhibit and Sale, Orcas Island, Washington, June 2008

Workshop, Larry Moore, Ponce Inlet, FL December.

Private Study in Studio with Polly Podolsky, Mt. Dora, FL (3 years).

2007 Gallery Representation by Crow Valley Pottery, East Sound Gallery, Orcas Island, Washington.

Featured Artist, Crow Valley Pottery Garden Party Exhibit and Sale, Orcas Island, Washington, June 2007.

1986 Addy Award. First Place ~ illustration.

Education: Northwestern Connecticut College, Winsted CT. Liberal Arts and Drawing, Pensacola State College, Advertising Design. A.S. Degree. University of West Florida, Art and History.