Today we’d like to introduce you to Lynn Ricci.
Lynn, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Like most artists, I couldn’t keep a pencil or crayon out of my hand as a child. I was the kid who got lost in my doodling in class and filled drawing pads at home. As I grew older, I took private art classes, went to school for commercial art, and studied fine art at MassArt. I focused on painting. Oil paints were perfect for me as I tended to lean toward more traditional work. The more realistic I could get the picture the better!
My artwork took a backseat to life as I started a family and career in communications. I worked in investor relations and corporate communications in tech until the company I was working for was acquired five years ago and I found myself unemployed. At that point, I decided to pursue communications contract work. With my children grown and being my own boss, I finally had more flexibility and the financial stability to really pursue my passion – painting.
I started to look at this as a business, not just a hobby. I leveraged my corporate background to build a website and getting my name out their across social media platforms. I also joined a few art associations on the North Shore – in Newburyport and Salem, the Fort Points Art Community in Boston, and the Cape Cod Arts Center in Barnstable. Once I treated my art as more than a hobby, it started to pay off. Today I am showing in galleries and getting juried into exhibitions and I am humbly thrilled.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I found that after the self-imposed hiatus for work and family my style had changed. These days, I enjoy combining impressionism with my traditional realism work – similar to the Boston School style – and exploring different styles and themes.
I draw inspiration from my New England surroundings. I try to capture that seasonal beauty through this combined realism and impressionistic style oil paintings of Massachusetts’ coastal towns and islands, the historical city of Boston, and the forests and farms further out in the country.
I choose scenes that might evoke a sense of peace or calm for the viewer. Much of my work features the coast – whether the ocean or marshes. I also find myself painting pathways – moving the viewer forward into the scene, inspiring a sense of hope or maybe even adventure. Lastly, as a New Englander, I try to celebrate all the glory of our seasons so you’d find an equal balance of bright summer settings as well as snowy winter scenes. Many of my winter paintings are of farms, but also the city of Boston. I love Boston in every season but a snowy night scene captures some of its magic.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Believe in yourself and your work. Put yourself out there — its super hard to do and you need to remember your style may not be for everyone — but people can’t find your work if you hide it! Push yourself to try new styles or challenges with your work – continue to grow. I once told a friend “there are no mistakes in art” – I am trying to embrace that and loosen up my work (a little!) but by allowing yourself to experiment with your work you can have a “learning experience” or find yourself with a very happy mistake that brings your works in a new direction.
And the last piece of advice, and probably the hardest thing for an artist to do, is set goals and keep a business focus on achieving those goals. That means setting time to promote and market yourself, find galleries that your work may be a good fit and pursue a meeting, submit to exhibitions, sign up for art shows. It’s a lot of work and dedication but eventually it will pay off.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
When I refocused on my artwork in 2013, one of my goals was to reach a confidence level in what I was producing so that I could share my art more broadly. Over the last few years I have been surprisingly pleased with the response to my work. I’ve been juried into art exhibitions, sold work to friends, taken commissions from word of mouth referrals and my website, and achieved a goal I had set for myself of gallery representation on Cape Cod.
Today, you can find my artwork at the Hillport Gallery in Sandwich, and Local Color Art Gallery in Chatham. The historic Wright-Locke farm stand in Winchester will be carrying art prints this season. My work will also be on display at the Wright-Locke Artist Spring Fling, the Newburyport Art Association Gallery for the 21st Regional Show May-June, and the Cape Cod Art Center’s Bay State Open in mid-May through mid-June.
- Website: www.lynnricciart.com
- Phone: 781-956-7052
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @lynn.ricci
- Facebook: @LynnRicci.ArtGallery
- Twitter: @LynnRicci
Lynn Plunkett Ricci