Her real love these days is landscapes, scenes from around the Greenbrier River and gardens throughout the East End, where the Paynes have lived for more than 30 years.
"All burners are going," she said of her work.
Recently, Payne has been working alongside portrait painter Arthur Evans, whom she met several years ago.
"Painting is very isolating and I'm kind of a loner," she said. Working with Evans has provided a nice change of pace and she welcomes his opinions on her work.
Although she began painting in acrylics, Payne now works with oils, a medium that is much more forgiving to her process, because it allows her to blend and layer paints without drying fast.
She begins by painting a white canvas black because she believes the colors pop on the black background.
Friends and neighbors in the East End have invited Payne to visit their yards, where she has endless ideas for paintings.
"I'm totally inspired," she said. She began a blog on which she posts photos of her work and she's been invited to exhibit at Terrasalis Garden Center in Malden on Saturday. She'll bring a dozen pieces there; paintings range in price from $100 to $700.
She'll also participate in the June ArtWalk by displaying paintings at Woomer Nistendirk & Associates PLLC, 231 Capitol St.
Payne, 53, continues to grow as an artist. Husband Steve, with his photographer's eye, has helped her see her landscapes differently.
"I've come to appreciate light so much through him," she said.
For more information on Payne's work, visit her blog at www.lynnpayneart.com/blog.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.
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