West Virginia artist Lynn Boggess presents an untouched vision of nature that transports the viewer to the reflective and pure environment in which his landscapes are created. By means of plein-air techniques and the use of cement trowels as brushes, an innovative approach to oil paint is realized, resulting in works that are simultaneously dynamic and soothing. These landscapes overwhelm the senses with lush and vivid scenes while also allowing room for meditation on the deeper relations between human life and the natural world. In the creation of his latest works, Boggess contemplated the shifting nature of water as the seasons change.
“Throughout the history of landscape painting, images of water have comprised a special category of inspiration. The type of impasto painting that I do is ideally suited to capturing its glassy surface, rhythmic movement, reflective illusions, and mysterious transparencies. Summer temperatures allow me to set my easel closer to its edge, and in shallow depths – actually in it. Winter, though, is a very interesting time to paint water. The freezing and thawing cycles, from liquid to solid to gas, are endlessly fascinating” -Lynn Boggess
Lynn Boggess grew up on a farm near Parkersburg, West Virginia. He received a BA in Art Education from Fairmont State College and an MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He has been Professor of Art at Fairmont State College since 1990 and Coordinator of the Art Department since 2002. He has been honored with several prestigious awards in West Virginia, including the Higher Education Art Educator of the Year in 2001, Visual Artist of the Year in 1999, and the Governor’s Award of Excellence in Painting in 1997. His landscapes have been acquired by both public and private collectors, locally and internationally, including the West Virginia Governor’s Mansion, SAS Institute, and Eisai, Inc.