FYI: Artist Lynn Payne will exhibit her work at TerraSalis Garden Center in Malden on Saturday. The garden center will feature Wallace Metal Works on May 18, and manager Bill Mills will offer a presentation on the structural elements of a garden on May 25. For more information, visit the TerraSalis Facebook page.
Becoming a mom brought Lynn Payne her delightful daughter, Georgia.
It also marked a new phase in life as an artist.
The Charleston native is a trained fine arts fashion illustrator who found her line of work replaced by photography. When she returned to Charleston from Fort Lauderdale, where she went to college, she explored other creative outlets.
"I was captivated by the East End and did pen-and-ink drawings," she said. The poster-sized prints of East End homes were popular sellers.
She did some advertising illustrations. She developed a line of greeting cards, and she took up decorative painting of furniture and wooden bowls.
At 40, she and her husband, photographer Steve Payne, had Georgia, and life changed.
For a few years, Payne focused on her daughter. When she had bits of time, she started playing tennis.
"But I realized I'm a lot better artist than I am a tennis player," she said. And she decided she would take up canvas and paint.
Payne developed the habit of heading to her East End attic studio when Georgia was in school. At first it was just during the few hours of preschool, but it's a habit she has kept, heading up to the studio each weekday to work during school hours.
"I'm on a school schedule. I can create between 8 and 2," she said.
Payne loves color and uses it freely in her work, which varies. She has created a series of women enjoying each other's company - at the beach, in the garden, floating in the water. They've been so popular she regularly gets requests for commissioned pieces that use real family members' faces in the scenes.
Payne also developed a niche painting, of all things, wine bottles. She credits the late Robert Wong of the Bridge Road Bistro for taking her down that route.
Wong asked her to paint a wine bottle for the restaurant - Payne and her husband both have pieces hanging there - and customers started requesting their favorite bottles be captured in paintings. She's also done a series of crosses, begun when she wanted to create a quiet, meditative space in her den.