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 society.com “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 opaque. “Some people think Feast with wine in Hawaii (“He would have stayed but I got homesick”) but she con- tinued to paint, and became more and more work. “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 See ARTIST, pAGE 6 / TLH & dessert music~drama~Juggling You are invited to “Hot Topics” magic~art~auction Breast Rejuvenation Presented by Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m. ben J. kirbo, M.D. and laurence Z. 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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 thanyouthought.com. 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- email@example.com. 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- colors.com. Arlene Eisenberg, Hei- humanity is “The Kill- have an instant party.