Biography

Meet Laura Lynne

Mixed Media Artist | Mural Painter | Illustrator

 

Laura Lynne Art, mixed media artist, mural painter, teacher, illustrator in Chicagoland - Aurora, IL.

Laura Lynne Art – A Journey of Nature, Color and Whimsy

Laura Lynne, a Chicagoland area artist, is best known for creating boldly colored and whimsically designed mixed media art and murals in a fun children’s illustration style.  She is inspired by the immersion in nature she had growing up in Wisconsin, the study of yoga teaching, fairy tales, and song lyrics. Her art training shows a sharp eye for color theory and elaborate compositions.  Laura Lynne uses materials like acid-free and lignan-free metallic papers, Golden brand acrylic painted papers, and her own photography archivally printed for her mixed media art.  For her mural paintings, she uses high-quality acrylics with lighfastness so the colors stay vibrant even in the sun.  It is very important to her that art be accessible and affordable to all people so she also creates archival giclee reproductions of her originals.

“Creating original art that is colorful and fun makes me feel so happy.  I look for the magic in nature, then add in some bright colors and whimsical twists.  There is most always music on while I work and often it influences my art and illustrations.”

 

Curriculum Vitae

Laura Lynne Art working on Turtle Astronomer Mural and Inspirational quote in Oak Park, IL - ChicagolandPUBLIC ART AND MURALS

-2020 Black Lives Matter Public Mural Collaboration, (Temporary – See Mural Gallery) Aurora, Il

-2019 Awarded Activate the Alley Mural Commission for Mutual Ground, Displayed at Water Street Studios, Batavia, IL

-2019 Awarded Oak Park Mini Mural Commission, “Turtle Astronomer & Quote”, 719 South Blvd by Green Line CTA, Oak Park, IL

-2018 Won Public Utility Box Mural Commission, “Bloom Aurora Illinois”, 116 W New York St, Aurora, IL

-2018 Gifted Aurora Regional Fire Museum Original Art for Permanent Collection, Aurora, IL

-2017 Poster Design Commission for Alley Art Festival in Aurora, IL

-2016 Designed Three Original Illustrations and Prints for the Aurora Regional Fire Museum

-2016 DuPage Children’s Museum Purchased Prints for Permanent Collection, Naperville, IL

(See also mural locations for private and semi-private murals in homes around Chicagoland.)

 

Laura Lynne Art with her paintings and mixed media work for sale in Chicagoland

ART GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

-2020 Home: A virtual Exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

-2019 Ravenswood ArtWalk, Chicago, IL

-2019 Fox River Arts Ramble, Hosted by SciTech, Aurora, IL

-2019 Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival, Artist Demonstrator and Exhibitor

-2018 Batavia Fine Arts Center, Batavia, IL, Two Artist Show

-2018 If These Walls Could Talk, Aurora, IL, Solo Exhibit

-2017 SciTech Hands On Museum, Aurora, IL, Solo Exhibit

-2017 “Prairie View Arts Invitational,” Naperville, IL

-2017 “Gifted” Lithuanian World Center Art Museum, Lemont, IL, Juried Exhibit

-2016 “Mini Show” Art Bar, Milwaukee, WI

-2016 “Alley Art Festival,” Aurora, IL

-2016 “Art in the Barn,” Barrington, IL, Juried Exhibit

-2016 “Prairie View Arts Invitational,” Naperville, IL

-2015 “The Art of Technology” ITWCT Art Gallery, Aurora, IL

-2015 “Wonka Ball: Warhol,” Chicago, IL, Created LGBT Art for Auction Event

-2007 “Portrait,” Reuss Federal Building, Milwaukee, WI

-2003 “Word,” Art Bar, Milwaukee, WI

-2000 “Big Shoe Show,” City Museum, St. Louis, MO, Juried

-2000 “Life Drawing,” Union Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, Juried

EDUCATION

-2007 Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design – Oil Painting Studies

-1999-2001 UW-Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts – BFA – Painting and Drawing, Departmental Honors

-2000 Eastern Michigan University, Traveling Study Abroad – Studied Art and Art History in Europe, Egypt and the Middle East on Location

-1996-1997 Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design – Pre-College Figure Drawing

HONORS

-2018 National Art Honor Society Induction Keynote Speaker, Batavia, IL

-2006 Helen Farnsworth Mears Art Contest, Judge

-1995 “Gifted and Talented” in Art

Laura Lynne Art teaching preschoolers about art during the collaborative collage workshopTEACHING EXPERIENCE, WORKSHOPS AND COMMUNITY PROJECTS:

-2020 Artist-in-Residence at DuPage Children’s Museum (postponed)

-2020 Virtual Dragon Collage Workshop Sponsored by Aurora Public Art

-2017 Organized and Taught a Workshop on Building Creativity with Naomi Zagt

-2017 Created a Collaborative Collage Artwork and Workshop at Wesley Preschool with Pre-K students

-2000 Taught Youth Art Classes at Reflections of The Heart Art Gallery, Delafield WI (gallery closed)

-1998-1999 Taught Adult Art Classes at Donna Lexa Community Art Center

MEMBERSHIPS AND ORGANIZATIONS:

-Aurora Art Bar, Aurora, IL

-Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

-Palette Talk, Critique Group, Aurora, IL

-Water Street Studios, Batavia, IL

-Batavia Artisan Collective, Batavia, IL

-Pewaukee Area Arts Council, Pewaukee, WI, Secretary, 2005-2007

-Milwaukee Art Guild (UW-Milwaukee), Milwaukee, WI, Officer, 2000-2001

More about Laura Lynne

Here are a few of my favorite things:

Nature!  I love to go for hikes, swim in clean lakes, kayak, canoe, try to identify mushrooms, ice skate on frozen lakes, cross country ski, and bike.  Playing games with my family and extended family is high on the list. Some of my favorite games are rummy and Sheepshead, which is a card game passed down from the German side of my family, and Scrabble.  (The olive skin comes from the Sicilian side.)  Singing duets or harmony with people is another favorite.  My mom plays guitar so I grew up hearing her sing and play. 

I try to travel as much as financially possible.  (Will gladly travel for mural work.)  In high school, I went on a month long exchange to Russia and saw Moscow and parts of Siberia around Yakutsk.  I also went on a trip to Mexico City with Spanish class.  The most amazing trip I went on was a travelling history and art history tour in college with Benita Goldman of Eastern Michigan University.  We visited art museums and historical sites starting in the UK, France, Belguim, Netherlands, Prague (so magical), Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Turkey (my favorite), Egypt (tied with Turkey), Jordan, and Isreal.

Most of my travels involve camping in Wisconsin.  My most favorite place is in Door County, Wisconsin.  We visited often growing up as my grandma was born and raised there.  Her family owned a general store, which is now a pottery shop.  (I have a beautiful mug from there with poppies and a chickadee which were, coincidentally, some of her favorite things.)  Our days there consist of cooking over a camp stove, maybe hiking a bit, then finding a good beach with shallow water so it’s warm enough to swim.  (I’m not giving away my spot though the Chicago Tribune wrote about it in 2019 and lots more people were there than usual.  Oh well.)   Then we end the night with a campfire and smores, and some good WI beer for my husband, Tony.

Lately, I started a large vegetable garden in our yard and am learning more about that.

Currently, I live in Aurora, IL with my husband and son.  Tony and I both grew up and lived in the city and suburbs of Milwaukee  before moving to IL in 2008.  I was lucky to live in Pewaukee, WI near the lake growing up, but still be close enough to Milwaukee and Chicago to take day trips to the cities to enjoy the culture and museums.  In high school, I took a few college classes in photography, also figure drawing classes at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.  Then, I went to school for painting and drawing, graduating from UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of Art.  After that I became a successful artist.  Just kidding.  I worked in the corporate world for many years doing customer service and sales.  After my son was born, I used nap time to start building up an art and mural business.