Artist Profile: Alaskan Bush Pilot turned Artist
An army hospital, a tent and a bottom dresser drawer (her first crib) ushered Lyn Lasneski into our world. Nature was explored and loved from the very beginning, spending many summers camping with her family. The first little one of a large family, Lyn quickly learned responsibility and confidence. At the tender age of 6 she won “Best of Show” and a quart of ice cream with crayon and mimeographed paper.
As the path of life unfolded, passion and adventure began to define this remarkable woman. She studied the arts while managing a health spa in Wyoming. A degree from the University of Fairbanks of Alaska in Aviation Science served her well as a Bush Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor in Alaska for 10 years; while living in a cabin just outside of Denali Park. Flying in Alaska she observed Nature’s beauty, from the ground and the air. This experience cemented Lyn’s love for portraying the images of nature we now enjoy.
When she moved to the Oregon Coast, the Sea captured her senses and passion: the wild storms, salt air and sunlight that fills the soul with peace and creative energy. For some it is coming home to a place they have never seen. Now, it was just a matter of time. Through a process of self-study and occasional workshops, she determined a new purpose for her life. And time proved it’s life-long lesson: the cream rises to the top.
Today, we present you with a consummate artist who paints and teaches and imbues the energy of all her experience on the canvas. An artist who demands the best of herself and her students. An artist who believes that the “Masters” were not an accident. That discipline and craftsmanship lead to Mastery. That Beauty and Truth are the eternal values of art.
A drapery of accolades from “Best of Show” to “Peoples Choice” to “Private Collections” and Awards in the prestigious National Oil Painter's of America Show surround Lyn Lasneski. But as she would tell us:
“I constantly strive to study and re-define Reality (which the majority of people mistake for Truth). By understanding the need for freedom and romance; a life suffused with passion, grace and glory; and looking for and finding secret beauty, I hope to show we were meant to be immortal.”
Artist's Statement:“I commit to ever increasingly gaining a full command of the skills of past Masters (Discipline, Craftsmanship and Excellence). I intend to propagate a renaissance of beauty and enchantment in the world of fine art.
Beauty, by art or by nature, has the capacity to awaken feelings of awe; awe can release our spiritual perceptions and give us “glimpses of heaven” and hope. My desire is to do the same.
I choose to discover and perpetuate the eternal values of art. I believe even the ordinary and mundane is profoundly mysterious, romantic and extraordinary.
My first parachute jump. I use to tell my flying students, "Why jump out of a perfectly good airplane?"
Then I go and do it myself.
Lyn Lasneski presently has a studio in the micro-village of Depoe Bay on the Oregon coast with her two cats (who know how to fly). She can be found painting outside (who knows where). Nature, people, adventure, beauty: she loves it all. Even digging in the garden dirt, because she loves flowers “winged and unwinged”; and always, always... chasing the sun.
You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt. ~Author Unknown
The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there. ~George Bernard Shaw
coastal workshops will focus on what to look for when painting seascapes, white water, reflections and waves. With it's constant movement it can be mesmerizing. You will have a clearer understanding of how to paint water that looks translucent, reflective, and moving when shown what to look for with explanations and demonstrations. As with all her workshops, there will be a comprehensive approach to painting in general.