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Eye on Artists

'Handwork Patmos,' by Lynette O'Kane

Editor’s note: Lynette O’Kane’s work will show at the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities gallery in June, at the Colorado Mountain College gallery August-September and at the Paulina Miller Gallery in Phoenix in November. Her work can be viewed on http://www.lynetteokane.com and at the Artist’s Mercantile on Cooper Street in Glenwood Springs.

City/town: Glenwood SpringsArtist statement: My work is an investigation of time, change and transformation. The materials, with their earthy surface and distressed textures, allude to the alterations of matter through aging and weathering elements. The content, consisting of fixed or fleeting images with references to codes and mapping, comprise a documentation of experience in a journaling format. The works question the parallels between the energy shifts in our belief systems and the compensatory adjustments to our planet.Artist background: I have been a professional artist for more than 30 years.Artist education: I am a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Shows and gallery exhibitions: Thirty years of exhibiting would be a long list. Some highlights include exhibits in Munich and Dusseldorf, New York, Los Angeles and a number of museum-juried exhibitions. My work has been featured in Colorado Biz magazine and an upcoming book on texture. I have completed four Public Arts Commissions.Family information: Jock Jacober and I have a “blended” family which includes five children, of which a 13-year-old daughter is mine. There are also three (almost four) grandchildren. Most family members are located here in the Roaring Fork Valley.How did you get started as an artist? Enthusiastic praise in kindergarten went to my head after which there was no stopping me.What do you do in your free time? Time spent making art feels totally free. It is pure joy. I am rekindling my interest in travel; an activity that my work often references. Gardening and home projects as well as time spent with friends and family round out the list. Oh, and we’re a family of committed readers. I sit on the Board of Trustees for the Garfield County Public Libraries.

What’s your favorite medium? I enjoy using various plaster, stucco and molding paste materials mixed with paint on two-dimensional surfaces.Who’s your favorite artist? The unknown artists who created the wall paintings of Herculaneum and Pompeii are favorites. I am also inspired by the prehistoric artists of cave paintings.What or who is your biggest influence? The powerful and illuminating world of the imagination.The Post Independent is asking accomplished artists to participate in “Eye on the Artists” by providing clear, descriptive, and fun explanations about what makes them tick as artists, including experiences in their field, hobbies and inspirations. Return completed forms to April Clark, at aclark@postindependent.com, 945-4487 (fax), or 2014 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

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