As a child growing up in rural southeast Kansas, Lynn Bishop spent many happy hours drawing horses and longed to be an artist and to ride dressage, but life had other plans. While studying art in a local college in the early 1960's, Lynn was advised that horse art wasn't "real art."
Discouraged, she took another path that eventually led to a career as a veterinary pathologist and a move to Colorado where she conducted research and taught at Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Fort Collins. However, the art muse returned in the 1980's and Lynn left veterinary medicine to study painting.
While mostly self-taught, she broadened her understanding of the history of art with classes at CSU's Department of Art and honed her skills with a variety of instructors in workshops and at the Art Students League of Denver. While on a 9-month tour in 1992-1993, she spent 6 weeks with Charles Cecil at his studio in Florence, Italy, where she studied classical methods of drawing and painting and learned the sight-size method.
She was privileged to be part of a group of local artists that studied with Richard Schmid at the Loveland Academy of Fine Art during his sojourn in Colorado in the 1990's. She has taught painting and drawing both privately and at the Loveland Academy, and has won numerous awards for her work.
Over the years, most of Lynn's art has focused in realistic paintings and drawings of people observed while traveling the world, although the occasional animal image, including horses, appeared in her work. Recently, however, horses and other animals have become the main themes in her paintings, and she is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists.
Lynn's knowledge of animal and human anatomy and her attention to detail help her create realistic but "painterly" works of art that appeal to collectors throughout the country and abroad.
Her ability to portray the unique personality as well as the likeness of both animals and people has resulted in a number of portrait commissions, which she creates in oil, charcoal or pastel.
1% of the profits from my work goes to support International League of Conservation Photographers.