K. Ann Lynch

Art for active lifestyles.

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.
— Martha Graham (Dancer)

The Idea

During a printmaking course in 2003 at the Newport Art Museum in Newport, Rhode Island, the initial ideas for this work began. Margo Rubin was my much respected and admired teacher;  she encouraged me to combine paint with photography in a unique way.  A background in graphic design helped me develop a process combining the precision of digital images with the "felt sense" of traditional artwork. This process has been informing my work ever since. Over the years,  the work has evolved along with experimentation with different mediums. Today, working in watercolor is a joy because it has a pure beauty with transparency and delicate edges. 

The Inspiration

Active outdoor elegance is the style I'm communicating. An active lifestyle outdoors is the life I aspire to, and the imagery of my work reflects the activities that I love.

Learning to ski in Steamboat Springs, Colorado as a child, competitive sailing and rowing in college (URI), swimming and lifeguarding for seven years on Rhode Island beaches, studying and teaching yoga, and finally discovering surfing and triathlon while living in Kona, Hawaii. Each of these outdoor athletic experiences has shaped my artwork.  I hope that it reflects back to you the active lifestyle that you love.

The Process

Working quietly is a meditation for me. To make art, alone time and solitude are required, thankfully, these fit with my introverted nature. 

Traditional watercolor paintings are created and combined with images digitally manipulated in Photoshop to create a one-of-a-kind print. 

Paper quality is crucial to the final print, and I've chosen the highest standard available. I hope you enjoy it too!