LYNNE K. RAILSBACK
AWARD-WINNING BOTANICAL ARTIST
Lynne Railsback is member of the American Society of Botanical Artists. Other affiliations include the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Florilegium, the Museum of Wisconsin Art and the Geneva Lake Art Foundation. She is also President of the Reed- Turner Botanical Artist Circle.
Her watercolors have been included in exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe and exhibited in museums, botanical gardens, galleries, corporations and libraries. She is quickly becoming a notable botanical artist as her award-winning paintings are purchased both by museums and private corporate collectors. Please contact Lynne for a list of her awards
I don't paint roses, orchids or iris. The plants that grow in the woods and prairies in the Midwest are my favorite subjects. I particularly enjoy the plants in fall and winter with their interesting shapes, colors and textures. I begin a painting without doing preliminary studies, drawing pencil lines on the paper or relying on photographs. Instead my inspiration is the physical plant "close up and personal".
With a degree in graphic design and a career in commercial interiors, I have been able to utilize my skills through a variety of art forms. It was through painting, however, that I was able to privately enjoy my talent.
Because watercolor can be either transparent or opaque, it became my favored medium. Using a “lift-out” technique, I have been able to illustrate fine details and wispy, thin lines. It is this controlled and time consuming style that I find stimulating.
My pigments are viridian, permanent rose, burnt umber, aureolin and French ultramarine which I mix to create the appropriate palette. With that completed I pick up my brush and begin. After applying areas of color to suggest the initial composition I develop one area of the painting at a time.
I finish the piece by using a damp brush to draw out the pigment into fine lines. When Strathmore revised their 500 series 3 ply Bristol board I switched to Canson's Moulon du Roy 140 lb. paper. Jack Richeson 9000 series #3/0 synthetic brush is my favorite althugh I also use W&N Sceptre Gold II #101 brush. I don't worry about" mistakes" as I can always add leaves, seeds, whatever until the composition feels right.
I should also mention it is in the mornings you would find me in my studio. The light is best at this time and if I waited until afternoon I would never get around to putting a brush in my hand on that day.
I have been privileged to have solo exhibitions in botanical gardens and arboretums as well as to be included in group exhibitions throughout the United States and U.K.