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"I paint whatever I am doing. If I am canoeing, I paint waterfowl, hiking, wildlife and landscapes. If I am scuba or skin diving, I paint tropical fish. If I am not active, I paint the flowers and birdlife in my yard in Sedona, Arizona. I paint what I enjoy, and my watercolors reflect the excitement I find working in harmony with nature. When I see a flock in flight or the bright colors of a tropical sea or the beauty of my surroundings in the wilderness, I feel inspired. I try to translate this awe and wonder into my work. After 50 years of creating professionally I cannot imagine being anything but an artist.” Lynn Toneri
Lynn belongs to the latest generation of outdoors watercolorists. Painting landscapes, wildlife and birds connects Lynn Toneri intimately to her environment, and has given her a reverence for nature that contributes to the essence of her work. This has resulted in a lifelong commitment to wildlife preservation. From the beauty of her home in the west to her travels throughout the country, she sees everything around her as a painting. Never without a camera, Lynn works from her own reference materials. Her best paintings depend on the subject matter, but they reflect a special, sometimes unrelated nuance and flash of intuition. Her sense of design comes from deep within her imagination. Backgrounds are as random and unpredictable as the weather itself. Foregrounds, on the other hand, are often emphasized patterns and reflections that the mind’s eye does not normally see in the image portrayed. Although her paintings are not abstract, they are not entirely realistic because of her sophisticated and vivid use of color. This can give her paintings an element of interest that goes beyond pure representation. She seems indifferent to exact picture-perfect rules and continues to explore the free flowing direct style that so vividly captures the moods of her subjects.