Monday, January 28, 2013

Lynnette Kupferer -- Artist in the Spotlight

I often find Lynnette Kupferer at the Lakewood Arts Council Art Center and Gallery, attending events, trying new mediums in the many workshops offered, or just stopping by to say hello.  She is always fun, makes  everyone feel welcome and her artwork is beautiful to behold, and sometimes quite whimsical. I asked her to answer a questionnaire so readers could find out a little more about her.  Here is what she wrote:

Lynnette Kupferer
Award Winning Mosaic and Colored Pencil Artist
LAC 25th Anniversary Merit award winner for her mosaic piece “Flourish”

                  Lynnette with "Flourish", mosaic
I was fortunate to start my life as a published artist at the age of two or there about.
One could find my drawings in most of the fine books we owned. Portraits of my dog Dukie, mom, dad, and crayola pictures of trees, houses and other favorite subjects … alas my parents weren’t as pleased about this as I was.
My creative flair continued in 2nd grade. In our free time, we were given the opportunity to draw the beautiful deciduous tree posted in the front of the room.  Many lovely hours were spent studying and drawing that tree.
Jr High - very special! I had the honor of being tutored by my art teacher, who had found something interesting in the skewed view of the world that my pictures showed. With her encouragement I tried many new things.


"Blown Away", colored pencil  "Fruitplate",mosaic
High school was art with Mr. Weatherbee.  Words really can’t explain his carefree type of teaching.  Unstructured assignments more reminiscent of college classes, gave us freedom and time to explore our artistic type …. College was so structured!  Loved the drawing classes, but oh Art Appreciation was a bore.
The real world…Life was delightful when I started modeling. I was store model for two stores, fashion coordinator, special events manager and modeled for several of the department stores in the Denver downtown area. Went to New York to check out that scene and all the while held down full time office jobs.
I didn’t give up on art though.  Began doing acrylic paintings after I left school and loved the medium.  
                     "Lenten Rose", colored pencil
 Explored a variety of art styles and learned a great deal on my own.  A few years ago I switched to colored pencil. So much cleaner than acrylics and with different strokes, one can easily mimic other mediums.
One day I found a call for artists, in the Denver Post, for a Shows on Loan program. I answered the call, which was located at the Lakewood Arts Council. I wasn’t accepted, but that day began my creative life with LAC.
       "Luscious Pear", pastel
Most recently I started making mosaics and love doing this. What a challenge it is designing these pieces, laying down line and values with stunningly beautiful glass. I look forward to teaching a mosaic class later this year.
            "Sunflower", mosaic
Ah the future!  I wonder what it would be like to work larger and more abstractly, possibly in acrylics again. 

Article and all photos courtesy of Lynnette Kupferer

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