Biography

LYNN ORRISS WAS BORN IN EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA IN 1943.  SHE WAS INTRODUCED TO ARTAT AN EARLY AGE THROUGH THE FAMILY GALLERY AND PICTURE FRAMING SHOP.

AS A CHILD, LYNN ATTENDED CLASSES AT THE EDMONTON ART GALLERY.  SEVERAL YEARS LATER, WITH THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS, SHE ENROLLED IN UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA EXTENSION COURSES, STUDYING DRAWING, WATERCOLOUR, OIL PAINTING AND ETCHING.  TO FUTHER HONE HER SKILLS IN WATERCOLOUR AND OIL SHE TOOK WORKSHOPS WITH SEVERAL SKILLED ARTISANS AND INTRODUCED HERSELF TO SUMI-E PAINTING AND CHINA PAINTING ON PORCELAIN.  LYNN CONTINUES TO PAINT IN ALL MEDIUMS AS WELL AS TEACHING ART TO CHILDREN AND ADULTS.  ALTHOUGH SPECIALIZING IN MINIATURE PAINTING, SHE HAS RECENTLY ENJOYED WORKING IN MIXED MEDIA IN A LARGER FORMAT.

HER WORKS HAVE BEEN EXHIBITED IN ALBERTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ONTARIO, CANADA AND ARE INCLUDED IN PRIBATE COLLECTIONS IN CANADA, U.S.A., AUSTRALIA, U.K., EUROPE, JAPAN AND PAKISTAN.

ARTISTS STATEMENT

"AFTER EXPERIMENTING WITH MANY MEDIUMS, I STILL ENJOY WORKING WITH WATERCOLOUR AND INK, EXPECIALLY IN THE MINIATURE FORMAT.  I FEEL THE NEED, HOWEVER, TO EXPAND MY HORIZONS AND TO TRY NEW THINGS."