The Allegany Arts Council and its Schwab Gallery are pleased to announce "Ascension: A Captivating Collection of Bird Paintings by Marlee Lynn" to take place October 28-November 18, 2023.
About the Artist
I am a muralist and painter born and raised in Western Maryland. I am 25 years old, and although I created art in school, I never considered making art for a living, until a couple years ago…
After graduating high school in 2016, I was totally lost, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. But I knew that I didn't want to continue down the path of binge drinking every other night without any hopes or dreams… so I went to college and got a degree in Natural Resources and Wildlife, where I gained a deep understanding of our natural world and I fell in love with it.
Once I graduated from college in 2019, I tried working some jobs in the ﬁeld of Wildlife Management, and although they were interesting, I was never truly satisﬁed. The idea of becoming an entrepreneur really interested me. I knew I wanted more freedom over my life, I didn’t want to be told when and how to do my job. I yearned to do something more meaningful.
While I was ﬁguring out my life after college, my husband Elijah made the decision to make art as a career. I fully supported that idea and helped him as much as I could in my free time. Through that process of helping Elijah build his art business, I learned so much about art and began to really love it! We learned and grew together as artists.
In 2021, I quit my job as a server and stopped searching for wildlife jobs, and decided to go all in on the art business. Elijah and I make a great team, we travel the country painting murals. I have found a wonderful way to blend my love for wildlife and my love for art by creating paintings and murals that are nature-themed.
The basic idea behind my work is to showcase the simple, wonderful beauty of nature. The love I have for plants and wildlife is what inspires me to create. I paint because nature-themed art relieves my anxiety, and I want to share that calming feeling with others who view my art.
I believe that it is vitally important to celebrate the beauty of nature in our everyday lives, it is what grounds us and connects us. Anyone who views a nature-themed piece of art can relate to it, no matter what background or culture they come from. Making art that is universally beautiful and enjoyable is one of my main goals as an artist.
I create my works using acrylics, graphite, or charcoal.
A Public Opening will take place on Saturday, October 28, 2023, from 6:00PM-8:00PM is free and open to the public.