Lynne Arnold – About the Artist…and stuff
A Contribution from Lynne Arnold
Born in Zimbabwe to fun-loving parents. My childhood was
a carefree happy induction into the warm culture and beautiful African bush.
A Bit of Background
I started drawing at an early age. On our annual caravanning trips, a sketch pad was always close by to childishly sketch the contrasting African landscapes, lively village scenes and everything that captured my imagination.
From baobabs to Buffalo. One of my first loves as a child was capturing rural village scenes and local rural people. This fondness remains with me until this day.
Art was an integral part of growing up. Experimenting with different styles of drawing and painting was great fun and I received my first paid art commission at the age of 14. It was a ‘poster art’ acrylic painting commissioned by a fellow student.
I tried my first large landscape oil painting at the age of 15. It was a European snow scene. And at the age of 16, I had the privilege of being ‘commissioned’ by the school I attended to sketch scenes of its historic buildings which were published in its Centenary Celebration Journal.
Having had an inspiring art teacher, at age 16, I was inspired to be brave enough …or mad enough to take on painting a life-size painting study of Michelangelo’s ‘David’…
Having had many influences in childhood and adulthood, of enthusiastic and creative photographers, it was inevitable that their enthusiasm and passion broadened my love of art to photography.
My inspiration can come from just about anything…. beautiful light, texture, colour, a moment between a mother and child…
Although I have done collections based on overseas travels, I have a deep love of Africa. And it will continue to be my passion to capture the beauty, the diversity, the warmth, the humour, the culture and the uniqueness of this beautiful continent.
The Victoria Falls Collection
One collection that is close to my heart is The Victoria Falls Collection. Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) vividly describes this magnificent wonder.
I found it to be a humbling and awe-inspiring experience to be in its thunderous presence. And to experience its mood through the seasons.
The aspects that impacted on me as an artist were the strong contrasts. The dark faces of the gorges. The plummeting whitewater. The black shadows. The blinding gleam of the spray. The bleached sky and silhouetted bush skyline.
This experience evoked a series of classic monochrome paintings, highlighting these dramatic qualities. An additional influence on the collection is that throughout history, much has been written about this phenomenon by explorers, artists, missionaries and alike. The paintings are in a manner that reflects these early historical images of Victoria Falls.
The artwork in fine art prints and originals are available both locally and internationally.
Contact details for Lynne Arnold
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