Swirling mud pies sprinkled with sand ‘sugar’ at age three to today’s acrylic pictures crammed with abstract images of Hornby Island, artist Lynne Carmichael has spent her life in the ‘Arts’.
The usual arts were originally explored – ceramic forms still catch toes as one walks in her large wildness garden. While working as a ceramics instructor at UBC she completed her master’s thesis evaluating the benefits of incorporating art gallery resources into child art education programs. Turning to watercolour as her main medium, Lynne evolved her distinctive large format style to tell the story of her subjects. Lynne’s informative painting demonstrations have taken her around British Columbia and Australia and she spent time as ‘artist in residence’ at Van Dusen Gardens, teaching workshops, using the gardens as inspiration for her students. Now immersed in exploring the Acrylic Medium she occasionally shows work at the Island Gallery.
Lynne’s work was chosen as one of many to represent Canadian artists in the World Conference on Women, Beijing, China and was then selected for the permanent collection of Women in the Arts, Washington DC. She has also shown in England, the USA, South Africa and Australia.
Living full time on Hornby since 1998, Lynne was instrumental in finding a location for the Hornby Island Artist-Run Gallery, now the Island Gallery. In the last five years she has turned her attention to the Hornby Island Arts Council, promoting a broader base for the arts on Hornby. Her main focus has been fund raising for a permanent home for the Arts Council, which was achieved and is located at 2115 Sollans Road.
The support of her husband Andrew has enabled so many facets of her life. “I couldn’t have done it without him”, an adventurous life living and travelling around the world and so many times he has lifted paintings to hang at shows all over the world.