My Artist Story

A picture of one on my gardens at the height of summer

In 1978, my husband and I moved to Western Massachusetts from Buffalo, NY. We bought a house neither of us had the financial backing to support.

Through innumerable life changes, I have survived only by living here. It is now 2020.

The collective global society is going through a vast economic, emotional tempest due to the CoVid19 pandemic. Had I not been rooted in this house, I would not be able to cope as an artist, as a human being.

The subject of my work is lines and how I can best put them on paper, on the wall, and, sometimes, on canvas. The subject has been consistent since my first exhibit in CA in 1974.  

Art is my job. The ideas for my work flow from one body of work to another.

In this time, the ideas continue to flow. The safest place to go for me is my studio.

I do not need a mask. I only need my mind, my materials, my eyes.

The drawing above was done in 2015. It was the culmination of a series dealing with the densities I could create with horizontal lines drawn with two different widths of pen nibs.

Yet, from 2016 on, my lines moved into a less abstract context and more into one I identified by simply looking out my studio window.

My time in my studio was reshaped. The drawings to do accumulated in my imagination and I produced one after the other of trees branches. These are from series which each have ten drawings.

This drawing is a long horizontal piece called West Street Maples. From memory of a walk around the block.

Art becomes for me how to relate to nature.

Every Sunday, I take walks and photograph what catches my eye. These walks affect my internal make-up. I breathe in my environment. Its energy incorporates myself into my being.

I am fortunate to be able to do my work. It is a challenge to maintain motivation.

Through all the isolation.

Through all the depression.

I have brought nature inside.

I am nature.

Studio Shot, April 30, 2020

Represented by CrossMackenzie Gallery

Copyright 2020 Lyn Horton

All Tied Up Series, 2019-20

This series was started in the Fall of 2019. The branches are trimmings from a winter-killed holly bush and cuttings from two apple trees by my terrace. The series will continue slowly as I collect new branches.

They carry on from earlier installation pieces done in my studio in 2018.

My intention is to highlight the arresting beauty of the natural forms in a new context. Wrapping the branches with faux leather cord is a means to relate the branches explicitly with my drawn lines.

Lyn Horton, All Tied Up #1, 2020, branches wrapped in faux leather and velvet tubing, 17.75 in h x 9.25 in w x 6.25 in d
All Tied Up #1, 2020, branches wrapped in faux leather and velvet tubing, 17.75 in h x 9.25 in w x 6.25 in d

Lyn Horton, All Tied Up #2, 2020, branches wrapped in faux leather and velvet tubing, 17.5 in h x 11 in w x 5.75 in d
 All Tied Up #2, 2020, branches wrapped in faux leather and velvet tubing, 17.5 in h x 11 in w x 5.75 in d

Lyn Horton, All Tied Up #3, 2020, branches wrapped in faux leather and velvet tubing, 24.2 in h x 20 in w x 13.5 in d
All Tied Up #3, 2020, branches wrapped in faux leather and velvet tubing, 24.2 in h x 20 in w x 13.5 in d

Lyn Horton, All Tied Up #4, 2020, branches wrapped in faux leather and velvet tubing, 24.25 in h x 46.5 in w x 21 3.8 in d
 All Tied Up #4, 2020, branches wrapped in faux leather and velvet tubing, 24.25 in h x 46.5 in w x 21 3.8 in d

Lyn Horton, All Tied Up #5, 2020, branches wrapped in faux leather and velvet tubing, 26.25 in h x 45.75 in w x 7 1.8 in d
All Tied Up #5, 2020, branches wrapped in faux leather and velvet tubing, 26.25 in h x 45.75 in w x 7 1.8 in d

Lyn Horton, All Tied Up #6, 2020, branches wrapped in faux leather and velvet tubing, 43 in h x 27.5 in w x 11 3.8 in d
All Tied Up #6, 2020, branches wrapped in faux leather and velvet tubing, 43 in h x 27.5 in w x 11 3.8 in d

Lyn Horton, All Tied Up #7, 2020, branches wrapped in faux leather and velvet tubing, 48.25 in h x 18 in w x 14.75 in d
All Tied Up #7, 2020, branches wrapped in faux leather and velvet tubing, 48.25 in h x 18 in w x 14.75 in d

Lyn Horton, All Tied Up #8, 2020, branches wrapped in faux leather and velvet tubing, 20.5 in h x 57 3.8 in w x 10.25 in d
All Tied Up #8, 2020, branches wrapped in faux leather and velvet tubing, 20.5 in h x 57 3.8 in w x 10.25 in d

 

Tree Kimono, 2019

The Tree Kimono is made in several parts. The total dimensions are 70 inches in width by 90 inches in height. The media are colored pencil and ink.

Lyn Horton, Tree Kimono, 2019, 90 in x 70 in, ink and colored pencil on rag paper (several parts)

Lyn Horton, detail left Tree Kimono, 2019, 90 in x 70 in, ink and colored pencil on rag paper (several parts)
Detail, left

Lyn Horton, detail center Tree Kimono, 2019, 90 in x 70 in, ink and colored pencil on rag paper (several parts)
Detail, upper center

Shift Series, 2019 – 20

These drawings are all pairs, each part 22.5 square, colored pencil on black rag paper.

Lyn Horton Shift Series, 2019-20, periwinkle and sky blue light, sky blue light and perwinkle pair, 2020, 22.25 in h x 45 in w, colored pencil on black rag paper

Lyn Horton Shift Series, 2019-20, blue violet light and sky blue light and sky blue light and blue violet light pair, 2020, 22.25 in h x 45 in w, colored pencil on black rag paper

Lyn Horton Shift Series, 2019-20, celadon green and light green and light green and celadon green pair, 2020, 22.25 in h x 45 in w, colored pencil on black rag paper

Lyn Horton Shift Series, 2019-20, cerulean blue light and cerulean blue and cerulean blue and cerulean blue light pair, 2020, 22.25 in h x 45 in w, colored pencil on black rag paper

Lyn Horton Shift Series, 2019-20, lilac and imperial violet and imperial violet and lilac pair, 2020, 22.25 in h x 45 in w, colored pencil on black rag paper

Lyn Horton Shift Series, 2019-20, white on black, black on white pair, 2020, 22.25 in h x 45 in w, colored pencil on black rag paper

Flying Series #1-11, 2002

All these pieces are diptychs, measuring 22″ in height by 44.5″ wide. They are mixed media: charcoal and watercolor crayon. (The thumbtacks are collaterally visible because the photos were taken by me and I didn’t know enough to do something other than that.)

Img#13 Flying Series #1 - 2002

flying Series#4,2002

Img#17 Flying Series #5 - 2002

Img#14 Flying Series #2 - 2002

flyingseries#8,2002Img#18 Flying Series #6 - 2002

Img#15 Flying Series #3 - 2002

flyingseries#9,2002

Img#19 Flying Series #7 - 2002

flyingseries#10,2002

flyingseries#11,2002

Unknowing Innocence 1-7, 2004

These are all pairs of Paintings, watercolor pencil and acrylic on canvas, 60″ high x total 24 inches wide.

Unknowing Innocence #1, 2004
#1

Unknowing Innocence #2, 2004
#2

Unknowing Innocence #3, 2004
#3

Unknowing Innocence #4, 2004
#4

Unknowing Innocence #5, 2004
#5

Unknowing Innocence #6, 2004
#6

Unknowing Innocence #7, 2004
#7

Untitled Series, 2006

These drawings are all 30 inches square.

30 x 30 ink, 06
Ink on rasg paper

30 x 30 ink, colored pencil, 06
Colored pencil on rag paper

30 x 30, pencil, 06
Hard pencil on rag paper

30 x 30, soft pencil, 06
Soft pencil on rag paper

Untitled Series, 2007

These drawings are mixed media, pencil, colored pencil and ink, each 11 inches square.

11 x 11 blue ink & white col pencil, 07   11 x 11 green ink, 07

        11 x 11 orange ink, 07   11 x 11 pencil 2, 07

11 x 11 purple ink & white col pencil #2, 07

11 x 11 purple ink & white col pencil, 07

11 x 11 red ink & white col pencil, 07 11 x 11 slate gray & pencil, 07

11 x 11 yellow ink & pencil, 07

11x 11 ink & white col pencil, 07

Breaking through the Wall Series, 2004

These are all 22″ in height x 60″ wide, watercolor pencil on paper. (The enlarged photographs show pushpins holding up the drawings. They are not a part of the art.)

Breaking through the Wall (blue)

Breaking thru the Wall (green)

Breaking Thru the Wall (orange)

Breaking thru the Wall (purple)

Breaking Thru the Wall (red)

Breaking Thru the Wall (yellow)

Dividing The Gems, 2005-6

All of these drawings are 22.25 ” square, mixed media.

dividing the gems (blue) 05
Blue

dividing the gems (green) 06
Green

dividing the gems (orange) 06
Orange

dividing the gems (pen) 05
Pen 

dividing the gems (pencil) 05
Pencil

dividing the gems (purple) 06
Purple

dividing the gems (red) 05
Red

dividing the gems (yellow) 06
Yellow