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Lynn Timmington’s powerfully expressive contemporary seascapes draw their inspiration from the natural world, specifically the vastness of the oceans and skies, the forces of nature, and the effects of light on all of these elements. She says: “All those elements of nature which have so inspired me in the past, seem to magically appear from the mix of colour and texture and I lose myself in landscapes which may be deep in my subconscious.”


Over a 30 year career she has become one of Britain’s most respected land and seascape painters, and her subtle shades and distinctive textures have led to a highly recognisable style which has won her both critical and popular acclaim. Her work has been exhibited all over the country in galleries and exhibitions including a one-woman show at The Barbican, The Festival Hall and The West of England Art Academy. Winner of the Civic Award for Services to the Arts, she has also come to the notice of many collectors around the world including Olympic swimmer and TV presenter Sharron Davies, and her work has been shown in Selfridges, Liberty’s and The Excell Centre.


In her early career Lynne was heavily influenced by the work of Turner, then by Andrew Wyeth, Kathryn Thomas and Dion Salvador Lloyd, and her current artistic muse is American photographer Ansell Adams. Her style and subject matter has evolved over the years, shifting alongside her life experiences and changing artistic interests, but she has resolved never to be swayed by trends or fashion which are transient, but to remain true to her own creative journey, wherever it may lead.


This journey has indeed been a voyage of artistic discovery. Visiting the Maldives inspired a series of exotic seascapes, and the Balaeric and Greek Islands also provided some extraordinary sunlit images, while in stark contrast, a visit to Oslo offered an atmospheric skyline heavy with mist and diffused light. At present she is absorbed with land and seascapes that tend towards the minimal, but finds herself leaning towards a more abstract style on occasion; she enjoys expressing herself with what she describes as “less detail and greater impact.”


Lynne now paints exclusively in oils. She previously worked in inks on scraper board when her style was more realistic and graphic, but now she concentrates on the natural world she finds the range of pigments available in oils more appropriate. Their slow drying nature also allows her to work without pressure so she can build up her painterly compositions gradually.


Lynne sees her paintings as expressive and enigmatic, perhaps as a reflection of her own personality and emotions. Her life has taken many twists and turns over the years, but one constant has been the influence of creative people around her; her husband is a photographer, her eldest son is an Art Director, her second son is a scenic painter and her daughter and son–in–law are both musicians.


“The driving force behind my work is an irresistible compulsion is to capture those moments which have a powerful impact on me, and this gives me a deep satisfaction and often exhilarating excitement. I feel very privileged to be able to share my experiences through painting and there is nothing more gratifying than having touched others.”


“All those elements of nature which have so inspired me in the past, seem to magically appear from the mix of colour and texture and I lose myself in landscapes which may be deep in my subconscious.”