The move from Chicago to her grandparents' Kansas farm when Lynn Bishop was seven resulted in a year of delight – being outdoors, meeting domestic and wild animals – that influenced her life forever. When her family moved to the nearby town of Girard, she spent many happy hours drawing the Arabian horses next door and later studied art in college.
However, life took a detour and she earned a D.V.M. at the University of California and Diplomat status in the American College of Veterinary Pathology. While she was pursuing research and teaching at Colorado State University, the creative muse beckoned again. Art classes at CSU, the Loveland Academy of Fine Art, and the Art Students League of Denver led her to pursue art full time in 1985.
Over the years she studied with many fine artists, but the most important influence was a 6-week stint at the Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence, Italy, where she learned the sight size method and classical techniques.
While her earlier work was mainly figurative, she now focuses on creating painterly representations of animals. Although she has always taken photographs as reference material, she recently decided to pursue photography for its own sake. Photographing birds, especially the larger marsh birds, affords the opportunity to be outdoors, enjoying nature and interacting more directly with living creatures - a great foil to her studio painting.
Lynn is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists. Her work has appeared several times in their annual Art and the Animal Members Exhibition and Tour, as well as their Small Works – Big Impressions show at The Wildlife Experience in Parker, CO.
Awards and Honors
- Listed artist with Ask Art.com
- "We Three Sheep," cover artwork, December 1, 2005, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
- "Team Plus One" purchased by Dunnegan Gallery of Art, Bolivar, MO, for its permanent museum collection
- "Team Plus One," Best of Show, National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society's "Best of America! 2004" show, Osage Beach, MO
- "Curious Creaters, Cows!," cover artwork, September 15, 2001, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association