Lynette Carrington~Smith, formerly Lynette Carrington~ Kerslake, was blessed
with a childhood spent in the coastal Somerset countryside where her grandparents established a Nature Reserve on a limestone peninsular overlooking the Moors, the Mendip Hills, the islands of Steepholm & Flatholm, and with views across the Bristol Channel to the South Eastern coastline of Wales.
Lynette studied and qualified as a Textile Designer at the West of England College of Art, and then moved to London as a designer for Central Studio. Following this she progressed to work as a freelance designer working in collaboration with dress designers on fashion and fabric collections.
On relocation to Northamptonshire with her family, Lynette became inspired to
paint in pure watercolour. Whilst working with Peter Atkin, a renowned watercolour landscape artist, she qualified as an Art Tutor for Adult Education, teaching and demonstrating the different techniques of watercolour painting and botanical illustration at workshops and art courses.
During this period Lynette exhibited her paintings at galleries in the 'Shires',
with the Society of Botanical Artists as an elected member, and at the Royal Horticultural Society's botanical exhibitions in London.
Between 1988 and 1992, Lynette was awarded three Silver Medals and the coveted Silver Lindley medal (for special scientific and educational merit) for her series of George Lee's Victorian Violets.
Lynette worked regularly on private commissions and designed and illustrated for the greeting card market, including a collection of L'Hiver Cards and a series of card designs depicting the traditional products and recipes of Provence for 'Leapfrog Cards'. It was whilst engaged on producing these card collections that Lynette really began
to tap into her inner world of imagination. The subtle change of direction combined
with the ability to access and follow her intuitive path has become a signature of her
artistic work ever since.
In 1998 Lynette remarried and moved abroad to live in the foothills of the Serra de Montalt in Catalunya, Spain. Here she worked on an extensive range of commissions for both publication and for private clients. Her new mountain environment, the Mediterranean light and the local fauna and flora ignited a creative surge within her, which inspired Lynette to paint in much richer, deeper and vibrant colours, in a larger format. During this period she also began a nature diary in addition to her field
studies, which led to her involvement in producing and illustrating a monthly
column 'Nature Trail' for 'Catalunya Life' magazine.
After fifteen years of living and painting in Catalunya, Lynette left Europe in the autumn of 2012 when she emigrated to Ontario, Canada to join her husband and to begin a new chapter in her life.
Lynette is continuing her work and adding to her portfolio collection of watercolour paintings based on the theme "The Splendours of the Natural World". This body of artwork incorporates insects, bees, spiders, butterflies and moths, birds and beetles that either co~exist or share the same environment or life cycle as the plant subject
in a significant way.
Leading up to 2018, botanical artists worldwide were invited to submit paintings
of their country's native plants for exhibition, celebrating and featuring the unique, indigenous flora of each country, creating a worldwide plant diversity theme.
Lynette's 'Large Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid' was selected for the prestigeous
'Art of the Plant' exhibition held at the Stone Wall Gallery in the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa.
Lynette's approach and representation of the Natural World is well expressed by the following words of a visitor to one of Lynette's exhibitions. " Your paintings have the effect that brightens the heart, the supernatural representation of the objects as well as your choice, transforms one into the middle of one's own experience of a
'different nature' ".
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