About Lynda

Wildlife Artist

 

The Artist is working in her unique voice on a Wildlife Series in celebration of Algonquin park. These works are created from actual sightings from visits to the Park. This body of work is done in oils on studio canvas in all sizes and are as large as 48" x 72".


Lynda enjoys oil painting, on large canvases in her home studio. The Artist's Goal has been to complete one of these large paintings a month except when she is visiting Algonquin Park. Then you will find her painting en plein air studies. Taking in the land, water, skies and plant life that make up this ecosystem.  


The artist, has a very long History of  love and care for animals. She grew up around animals, worked with and owned horses. 


Lynda went on to further her education, in Animal Science, studied and became a Veterinarian Technician.

 Her passion for art and animals has always been with her, it was a natural joint adventure!

Adventurer ~ Storyteller


   As an adventurer at heart, Lynda was always, off exploring! She continues to have a strong connection for travel, nature and wildlife. 


All of her experiences, education and exploring has helped Lynda grow into her artistic voice within the arts and her vision as an artist continues to grow and flourish.


Lynda strongly believes in Documenting while Storytelling her art for future generations. For many reasons, some include to the continuation of learning, educating others, while sharing. 


The Artist's personal Writings became a journal of documentation and she began sharing through her Monthly Blog post

This blog is where you will find all sorts of stories, from the studio to the forest and everything in between!


Monthly Videos became a way for Lynda to interact with and share a more personal studio visit, sharing her paintings from concept to completion.

~ Lynda's Mission ~

 

To Beautify, Inspire and share Knowledge through her art.

 All for the betterment of society!


To bring awareness of the wildlife and their eco system in Algonquin Park. To help sustain one of the world's National treasures! Our parks!



 Lynda's hope is that you, Enjoy, the paintings, the stories and the beauty they unfold! 


New paintings are unveiled each month.

You can view and find out how to purchase these paintings on the Portfolio page tab above.  


A good portion of the painting's proceeds, goes back to the Park to help sustain them.


 The artist hopes you enjoy your visit here and also,  Thanks you in advance for being on this wonderful journey with her!  


Bio

 

Lynda knew she wanted to be an artist from a very early age! There always seemed to be artists around her. Many family members were artists, even her Grandmother (Irene Winifred Cole - White) she was named after was an artist. Lynda admired all of them and absorbed everything she could. She spent many nights watching her Father (Robert Thomas Moffatt) draw in charcoal or pen and ink.

Lynda felt their legacy should continue. She knew inside she had to become an artist and no longer romance others doing their art but have the self confidence to it herself. She asked God to let her be an artist to carry on from those before her and to paint his Beauty for the betterment of society!

You could find her early on in life, sketching the horses out in the paddock or sketching away wherever she was even while scuba diving when she was older taking underwater archaeology. 

Lynda eventually, became a Veterinary Technician and this profession, helped her with her love of caring for animals and assisted with her love of the arts.

The artist was encouraged early on from family and friends, to travel and see different walks of life and facilities. Life took her from Ontario to Florida and then up to Ohio. As an Assistant Gallery Manager, she learned the business end of the art world as well as the history of the arts and met wonderful art enthusiasts and shared in a great art community.  

She was now fortunate to be referred to study privately under Harold Cooper from Wesleyan University. Harold only chose a certain number of students to teach each year and most of them stayed on with him for years of study, very seldom allowing for a new student to enter into his studio for private classes. His teaching is still a large influence of Lynda’s work. He gave Lynda plenty of advise and one of the best was, go and become yourself what God intended you to be.

Lynda drew to scale The Shipwreck, The Adventurer, while studying Underwater Archaeology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. It is documented in the Wisconsin Shipwreck Museum and History books. She also accepted a Grant to help submerge the original propeller, found while scuba diving off of Kelly's Island to Save Ohio and Ontario Shipwrecks before moving back to Canada over Sept. 11th, 2001. 

Continuing on her venture in the arts by managing an Art Gallery in London, Ontario before being hired by the City of Windsor Art Studio. The Artist, helped with the revitalization project throughout the City of Windsor painting public outdoor murals with a group of artists. 

Then, Lynda created the 1st and longest Mural in the Town of Amherstburg alongside the Navy Yard Park with her partner Kevin Tofflemire. As the artist was finishing this Mural, she was commissioned to create a Mural for The Fort Malden Museum of the War of The Rebellion 1836-37. This mural was documented in the Windsor Star as a first of it's kind in 170 years in a Parliament Building. Described as a Labour of Love from members of parliament at the unveiling and in the local newspapers, Windsor Star, Amherstburg, Ontario.

She and Kevin, also restored the public Murals for the Town of Essex and created some private murals for personal clientele. All while exhibiting throughout Ontario in group and solo shows.

The artist taught in group settings as well as privately in Ohio and Ontario. Commission Portrait work took her away from teaching.

Venturing back to school to earn an Advanced Degree for Graphic design & Web Development further enhanced her knowledge to gain insight into this changing world of the arts and technology. Aligning her with her day job here in Chatham-Kent where she works from her home Studio currently painting in her Unique Voice sharing her Inspirations of Algonquin Park and is truly enjoying the journey!

Lynda's ancestors were from this area and it so inspires her to visit the area as often as she can. When she is not visiting, she is painting in her studio about the park and surrounding areas. 

She also loves to go en plein air painting whenever she can. You may see her out and about, with her easel, binoculars and/or camera. Kevin will be there too, stop and say hello, they love to chat!

Lynda feels this Bio wouldn't be complete if she didn't mention Kevin. She says, God brought Kevin and her together when they each needed the other and they prove to be good team. They feel Blessed to be able to create something to better society.

They are very Thankful for everyone, that has helped them along with their art journey, they wouldn’t be here without them, especially the support of their parents, family, friends and art lovers. 

The artist supports other artists within her communities and supports many Artist's Associations and Ontario Parks.

Lynda has been represented by several Galleries throughout her painting career and has had success with each and everyone of these Galleries. She continues to support them and other artists.

Artist CV

 

Current Body of Work

· Working on Wildlife studies of Algonquin Park to Celebrate their 125 yr. Anniversary!  2018

· Lynda will continue on this journey to celebrate Algonquin Park's 130 yr. Anniversary! 2018 - 2023

COMMISSION WORK

· Working on Pet Portraits for Collectors 2018 

· Worked on a body of Portrait Commissions between 2011 - 2017

· Including: Carey Price for The NHL  100th yr. Anniversary, Tom Brady for their Superbowl wins   XXXVI (2002), XXXVIII (2004), XXXIX (2005), XLIX (2015), 

· The Geisha and Lady in Red!
Lynda has taken on a few Pet Portrait Commissions for past clients for 2018 Christmas Gifts.
The Artist's Focus is going to continue on her venture, painting wildlife studies of her travels to Algonquin Park!  2018 -2023
 

· MURAL COMMISSION WORK

· Worked on Mural commissions between 2002-2009 Including: The Sears Company, Leamington, Ontario French Emersion School, Lakeshore, Ontario French Emersion School, Puce, Ontario The Navy Yard Park, Amherstburg, Ontario More Outdoor Public Mural Commissions below.
 

EDUCATION

· Art Biz Success, Boulder Colorado 2018

· Continuing, as a Life student of the arts working from home studio 2011 -2018

· Graphic Art & Web Design, St. Clair College 2009- 2011 (Advanced Diploma 3yr Study) 

· Private studies under Harold Cooper, New Albany, Ohio 1998-2001

·  Harold was a Professor of The Arts at The University of Wesleyan, Ohio. - Founder of the New Albany, Ohio Arts Council included, Studies of Portraiture Harold continued studies from New York City

· Gallery Manager, Stratford Gallery, Gahanna, Ohio, U.S.A. 2000 

· Assistant Gallery Manager, Stratford Gallery, Gahanna, Ohio, U.S.A. 1999 

· Underwater Archaeology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 1996-1998 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

· Mystery of the Park, Algonquin Fall Art Exhibit, Algonquin Park, Ontario 2018

· Xanadu Gallery, Arizona 2018

· Mystery of the Park, Algonquin Fall Art Exhibit, Algonquin Park, Ontario 2017 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

· Studio unveiling of Algonquin Wildlife Series, Chatham, Ontario 2018

· Collector Event, Tom Thomson Tribute paintings, for the 100-yr. anniversary of his passing, Chatham, Ontario 2017

· Cultural Crawl, Northern Series, Wallaceburg, Ontario, 2008

· Art at the Marina, Leamington, Ontario, 2007

· Home & Garden Show, Garden Paintings, Leamington, Ontario, 2006

· Leamington Art Centre, My Journey Home, Leamington, Ontario, 2005

· Wine Festival, Wine Painting Series, Amherstburg, Ontario, 2004

· Only Imagine Gallery, Decorative Art Series, Amherstburg, Ontario, 2003

· Sand Piper Gallery, Amherstburg, Waterfall Series, Ontario, 2003

· Erie Shores Winery, Wine Series, Harrow, Ontario, 2003

· Tall Ships Exhibition, Water Series, Kingsville Ontario, 2002

· London Arts Centre, Pathway Home Series, London Ontario, 2001 

· Pathway Home Show, Stratford Gallery, Gahanna, Ohio 2000 - 2001

· Solo Artist Show, Assistant Gallery Manager, Stratford Gallery, Gahanna, Ohio, U.S.A. 1999 

· Solo Art Show, Croton Fair, Croton Ohio, U.S.A. 1998  

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

· Public Murals, French Emersion School, Lakeshore, Ontario 2009

· Public Murals, French Emersion School, Puce, Ontario 2008

· Outdoor Banners, Town of Tecumseh, Ontario 2007

· Outdoor Public Murals ~ Town of Essex ~ Restoration Project 2004, 2005, 2006

· Ontario Parks, Mural ~ "The War of the Rebellion! 1838", Fort Malden Museum, Amherstburg, Ontario, 2004

· Outdoor Public Murals ~ City of Windsor, Ontario, 2003, 2004 (Group Project, working on revitalization of the City of Windsor)

· Drew to scale the Shipwreck “Adventurer” for Bowling Green State University 1999

· Underwater Archeology in part with a group and the Shipwreck Museum in Wisconsin 1996-1998

PUBLICATIONS

· Xanadu Gallery, Collectors Catalogue, Arizona 2018

· Front Page, Newspaper article on Mural restorations Town of Essex Front Page, Newspaper article on Mural restorations Town of Essex

· Front Page, Newspaper article on upcoming Solo Show, Leamington, Ontario 

· Front Page, Newspaper article on demonstrations Leamington, Ontario 

· Front Page, Newspaper article on Mural revitalization project and unveiling's, Windsor Star

· Magazine article, unveiling painting, Airbrush Magazine, Florida, U.S.A

· Article on Solo Show at Library, Essex, Ontario

· Front Page, Newspaper article on Artist Believes Art Heals, Crafter's News, Town of Essex

· Wisconsin Shipwreck Museum History cookouts’ (Drew to scale the Adventurer)

GRANTS/ HONORS/AWARDS

· St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

· Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio U.S.A.

· Ohio State University, Ohio, U.S.A.

ORGANIZATIONS OF INTEREST 

ECOAA

Algonquin Park 

Friends of Algonquin Park 

Ontario En Plein Air Association

London Art Centre

Leamington Art Centre

Thames Valley Art Centre

Art Space

McMichael’s Gallery
GALLERY REPRESENTATION
Xanadu Gallery Arizona

Art Space Ontario

Leamington Art Centre Ontario
Sand Piper Gallery Ontario

Only Imagine Ontario

Stratford Gallery Ohio
 
 

Artist Statement

 


As a visual artist, my goal, is to capture the realism of the wildlife in Algonquin Park along with the beauty of their natural surroundings.   Through the use of oils on canvas, I create paintings that bring you into this vast land and it’s many diversities. Including, the innocence of the wildlife and all the glorious plants and trees that thrive within this beautiful area. I invite you to spend some time to explore these paintings and find the colours, depth & textures used to create them.  My hope is that you too enjoy the experience, these paintings unfold!