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					Page 4 / Sunday, May 1, 2011                                                                                                                                 Tallahassee Democrat / TLH

After technical field, work blossoms for artist
By Randi Atwood
                                ter for the Visual Arts),
special to the democrat                                                                                                                                       If you go
                                and didn’t do very well
  René Lynch had                with that,” she laughs.                                                                                                         What: tallahassee
spent 19 years work-            “I still can’t draw peo-                                                                                                      Watercolor society’s
                                                                                                                                                              23rd tri-state Juried
ing for IBM as a self-          ple worth beans. But I                                                                                                        Water media exhibi-
described “left brain           loved watercolors and                                                                                                         tion
technical professional”         loved painting florals.”    drove across the coun-                                                                              When: Friday through
when she decided that             In 1999, she left her     try in my little blue                                                                             June 3; awards recep-
she needed more cre-            job as a systems engi-      Camry, and we put the                                                                             tion from 7 to 9 p.m.
ativity in her life.            neer, earned a mas-         car on a boat,” remem-                                                                            Friday
  Lynch was inspired            ter’s degree in interior    bers Lynch. “We lived                                                                               Where: FsU museum
by her mother, who had          design from FSU and         in a guest house in a                                                                             of Fine arts, corner
gone back to school and         spent several years in      5-acre piece of proper-                                                                           of copeland and call
become an artist in her         practice as a profes-       ty, teeming with every                                                                            streets
40s. Lynch started tak-         sional interior design-     piece of tropical fruit                                                                             Admission: Free
ing local art classes           er. When her husband        and vegetable you can                                                                               Contact: For more
in painting and draw-           Larry, also an IBM-er,      imagine.”                                                                                         information, visit www.
ing, and found herself          retired in 2004, they         That’s when she real-                                                                           tallahasseewatercolor-
drawn to watercolors.           moved to the Hawaiian       ly started painting. She                                                                
  “I took a life drawing        island of Kauai.            painted large, vibrant
class at LeMoyne (Cen-            “I quit my job, we        tropical pieces — flo-
                                                            rals, fish or whatever                                                                             Her primary medi-
                                                            else inspired her in the                                                                         um is watercolor, which
                                                            endless array of flora                                                                           encompasses a vari-
                                                                                       Rene Lynch began focusing on floral paintings while living in
                                                            and fauna outside her      Hawaii. She will be part of the Tallahassee Watercolor Society’s      ety of water-soluble
                                                            window.                    23rd Tri-State Juried Water Media Exhibition.                         pigments that can be

       a moveable                                             Lynch and her hus-
                                                            band returned to Tal-
                                                            lahassee after a year      involved with her art-            with the reflections of
                                                                                                                                                             either transparent or
                                                                                                                                                               “Some people think

        with wine
                                                            in Hawaii (“He would
                                                            have stayed but I got
                                                            homesick”) but she con-
                                                            tinued to paint, and
                                                            became more and more
                                                                                         “I’ve been working
                                                                                       on a new series called
                                                                                       ‘Water in Sky,’ which
                                                                                       is a series of fish ponds
                                                                                                                         whatever is on top of
                                                                                                                         the pond,” she says.
                                                                                                                         “I’m working really
                                                                                                                         big right now, on these
                                                                                                                         huge double sheets.”
                                                                                                                                                             that watercolor is a
                                                                                                                                                             practice medium, some-
                                                                                                                                                             thing you do before you

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From Page 4 / TLH                                                                          Julie Montanaro enjoys
do ‘real’ painting,” says
Lynch. “But watercol-
or can be manipulated
in so many different
                                                                                           the stage, collecting art
ways that’s it’s really                                                                    special to the democrat
quite sophisticated. It                                                                                                                                  CONTACT COCA
can be extraordinarily                                                                        A few artful questions
                                                                                                                                                           Visit coca’s web-
difficult to control and                                                                   for WCTV anchor Julie                                         sites at www.cocanet.
endlessly challeng-                                                                        Montanaro.                                                    org and www.more-
ing. That’s part of its                                                                       Q: Can you play a                                
charm.”                                                                                    musical instrument?                                           send suggestions for
                                                                                              A: No. I briefly took                                      artist profiles, news
Visualizing                                                                                piano lessons as a child,                                     items, story ideas or
in the moment                                                                              but soon abandoned                                            fun facts to coca at
                            Rene Lynch’s “Springtime Sky” will be part of the watercolor   them for the opportuni-                             
   Lynch still takes        exhibit at FSU’s Museum of Fine Arts.                          ty to goof around with
tropical vacations                                                                         the other kids on the
whenever she can for        wherever she goes,             ing and continuing to           block and perfect my                                           ing Fields.”
inspiration, but says       in case inspiration            develop her own art,            dodge ball and double-                                            Q: What was the
most people would be        strikes. It’s a habit          Lynch is on the board           dutch skills. What I                                           last thing you made
surprised at the natu-      she hopes to impart to         of directors of the Tal-        wouldn’t give to be able                                       by hand?
ral inspiration that        the students she now           lahassee Watercolor             to play the piano now!                                            A: Wow. I think it
can be found in Talla-      teaches at the FSU             Society. For the past              Q: Do you own any                                           was the pillow that the
hassee.                     Department of Interi-          several years, she has          original art?                                                  ring bearer carried in
   “A while back I had      or Design, where she           been involved with                 A: My husband and                                           our wedding. And I had
the urge to paint lotus     teaches design funda-          the annual Tri-State            I try to buy a painting,                                       some help with it. The
blossoms,” remembers        mentals and computer-          Water Media Exhibi-             mask, pottery or some              PHIL SEARS/democrat files art I create right now is
Lynch. “I thought I         aided design.                  tion, now in its 23rd           other piece of original        WCTV anchor Julie Montanaro, the stories I write, the
was going to have to go       “The kids in my              year. The competition           artwork everywhere we          sits with her daughter, Natalie photographs I take and
to Miami to find them,      classes have to sketch         is open to profession-          travel. They all have          Gibson, during the Roast and    the songs I make up to
but I saw a bunch at        in their journals. It’s        al and non-profession-          stories behind them and        Toast Honoring John Marks in sing with my daughter
Esposito Garden Cen-        their biggest complaint        al artists in Florida,          remind us of our adven-        2009.                           on the way to school.
ter. I must have taken      and their biggest fear,”       Georgia and Alabama             tures together. A paint-                                          Q: When was the
200 pictures at Esposi-     she says. “But I only          who work in watercol-           ing we bought from an                                          last time you were on
to’s that day.”             want them to sketch            or and related media.           artist on the banks of         di Murkoff and Sandee           a stage?
   She generally works      for 20 minutes a week.         This year’s show,               the Seine has to be my         Hathaway, and “Along               A: I did a series of
from photographs,           Just stop texting for          which opens Friday              favorite. It’s full of light   the Edge of America,”           celebrity shows for
which she takes her-        those 20 minutes, and          at FSU’s Museum of              and color and energy,          by Peter Jenkins.               Young Actors Theatre
self using a no-frills      work on their sketch-          Fine Arts, will feature         and each time I really            Q: When was the              a few years back. My
inexpensive digital         ing.”                          about 80 pieces of art          take time look at it, I        last time you danced? favorite was playing
camera.                       Lynch says cli-              by close to 50 regional         love it all over again.           A: At the Rose Fes-          Ado Annie in “Okla-
   “The photograph          ents are won and lost          artists.                           Q: What was the             tival Street Party in           homa.” Singing those
is just a start — I’m       by how well interior             “We’re so excited             first concert you ever         Thomasville.                    funny songs and ad-lib-
not a slave to it,”         designers can visual-          for this year’s show,”          attended?                         Q: What was the              bing the script was so
explains Lynch. “I’m        ize an idea and com-           Lynch says. “This year             A: A pop band from          last live performance much fun! I cannot say
inspired by the photo,      municate it on the             we’re at the Muse-              Down Under called              you saw?                        enough about how tal-
and I look at it when       spot.                          um of Fine Arts for             Men at Work. I might              A: Tallahassee Sym-          ented the young people
I first begin, but as         “You don’t always            the first time, which           have been 17 or 18. My         phony Orchestra. I was          on that stage really are.
the painting goes on,       have time to go back           is such a great space,          friends and I saw them         awestruck by the guest             Q: What artistic tal-
I stop looking at it. I     and do a fancy picture         and we have so much             on a summer night              artist, a teenage violin        ent do you wish you
often change the com-       or a computer-aided            fabulous work. We               at Merriweather Post           virtuoso.                       had?
position, and my pal-       rendering,” she says.          have portraiture,               Pavilion outside of D.C.          Q: What movie has               A: I wish I could play
ette tends to be a lot      “It’s hard, but you            abstract art, tradition-        It was the first of many       most affected you?              the cello and the guitar.
brighter than what I        have to be able to visu-       al landscapes, boats            concerts I saw there              A: I will never tire of      For some reason I just
see.”                       ally and immediate-            and florals. I can’t wait       under the stars.               watching “Good Will             love the sound a cello
   Lynch rarely works       ly communicate with            to see it all up on the            Q: What book is on          Hunting” or “Office             makes — my ear picks
directly from nature,       your client. Sometimes         walls.”                         your nightstand right          Space,” but the mov-            it out of songs. I wish
preferring the soli-        you have to do it on             To see more of                now?                           ie that haunts me to            I could play the gui-
tude of her studio. She     a napkin at a restau-          Lynch’s artwork, visit             A: “What to Expect          this day and challenges tar, too. You can take
does, however, carry        rant.”                         www.renelynchwater-             The Toddler Years,” by         all I understand about          it wherever you go and
a sketchbook with her         Aside from teach-                       Arlene Eisenberg, Hei-         humanity is “The Kill-          have an instant party.

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