2019 Schedule: Check back often for schedule updates and additions!

Winter Catalogue Sale – Oh Be Joyful Gallery: Crested Butte, CO – January
Workshop – No Fear Oil Painting: Sorrel Sky Gallery, Durango CO – March
Celebrating Grand Canyon WVAC Exhibition: Surprise, AZ – March
12th Annual New Visions Art Show: Illume Gallery, St. George UT
PACE: San Francisco, CA – April
Demo Artist: OPA National, St. George, UT – May
Workshop – No Fear Oil Painting: Sedona Arts Center, Sedona AZ – May
Where in the World is Plein Air: Illume Gallery, St. George UT – June
Door County Plein Air Festival: Door County, WI – July
11th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art: Grand Canyon Village, AZ – September
Escalante Canyons Festival of Art: Escalante, UT – September
Workshop – The Joy of Observation: Sedona Arts Center, Sedona AZ – October
Sedona Plein Air Festival: Sedona AZ -October

Durango Artist Lyn Boyer Wins Prestigious Bronze Medal Award

The Oil Painters of America grants the Western Regional Exhibition of Traditional Oils Awards

On September 7, 2018, the Oil Painters of America (OPA) presented its 2018 Western Regional Juried Exhibition awards during the Opening Reception & Awards presentation at Mary Williams Fine Arts in Boulder, Colorado.

OPA Western Regional Bronze Medal
‘Havana Primaries’
16×12 – oil on linen panel

Durango, Colorado resident Lyn Boyer was awarded one of Oil Painters of America’s highest honors, winning the coveted Bronze Medal award for her painting “Havana Primaries”.

Ms. Boyer competed against top artists from across North America to win this award which included a full-page advertisement in Southwest Art Magazine. When asked about receiving the 2018 Western Regional Exhibition Bronze Medal in the Associate & Signature Artist Division, Ms. Boyer replied, “I was so very honored to have Juror of Awards Mike Desatnick OPA appreciate my painting “Havana Primaries” and recognize it with the Bronze medal.”

Oil Painters of America is one of the leading art organizations in North America today with members from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The organization is based in Barrington, Illinois and is dedicated to the preservation of traditional, representational art. OPA hosts a yearly National Exhibition as well as several regional and salon shows throughout the year.

To view Ms. Boyer’s award-winning painting along with the entire award list, please visit – Liz Pusch – Oil Painters of America – October 3, 2018

10th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art
24×36 – oil on linen panel



10th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

Thank you Ed Mell and Bruce Aiken for awarding ‘Continuance’ Best of Show in the studio painting category. It was another truly fabulous event ending in the Gala Exhibition at Kolb Studio on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The show will be at Kolb through January 21st. If you can’t make it the pieces will also be available to purchase online through the Grand Canyon Association web site. I’ll be very excited to return again next year for the 11th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art in 2019! Each Year, a group of artists gather at Grand Canyon National Park for the Celebration of Art presented by Grand Canyon Association. Proceeds from the event go toward a fund to establish a permanent art venue at Grand Canyon. It’s a A unique opportunity to view and purchase high-quality Grand Canyon art, features a juried art competition and show; Plein Air artists painting on the rim; and a Quick Draw event. Lodging fills up quickly so make your travel plans early.

2018 PAPNM National

Thank you Ray Roberts for awarding ‘Rabbit Ears Motel’ the Award of Merit – Nocturnes. Always a pleasure to participate in Plein Air Painters of New Mexico events!



14th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival

Thank you Sedona Plein Air and Vince Fazio for choosing ‘Dimensions’ to represent the 15th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival. Thank you Carl Judson for the Main Street Quick Draw Guerilla Painter Award. It was such an enjoyable event in a magnificent part of Red Rock country!

Revisiting Cuba at Cafe Taberna, Havana

‘The Buena Vista Social Club’

16×20 – oil on linen panel, Cafe Taberna, Havana, Cuba

2018 Paint Grand Traverse

Thank you Duncan Campbell for awarding ‘A Life Well Lived’ First Place in the Small Wonders Exhibit, Duncan Campbell and Liz Erlewine for the Honorable Mention for ‘Baker’s Boathouse’ Quick Draw, and Ned Mueller for choosing ‘Jim’s Place’ for an Honorable Mention at the Paint Grand Traverse Gala Exhibition. Congratulations and thanks to Crooked Tree Arts for putting on a steller inaugural event!

2018 OPA Salon Exhibition – June 22nd – Traverse City, Michigan

Thank you Judge of awards Roger Dale Brown OPAM for selecting ‘Havana Nights’ for an OPA Award of Excellence! ‘Havana Nights’ will be showing in the OPA Salon Exhibition at the Crooked Tree Gallery in Traverse City, Michigan – June 22nd through September 2nd. I’m also honored to have been invited to the Masters Competition for the Inaugural Paint Grand Traverse Invitational.  It will be particular fun since Traverse City, Michigan was my home town for many years and I haven’t seen those beautiful big lakes for over a decade!

Santa Fe Plein Air Fiesta Exhibition
Thank you to PAPNM for putting on a great event, to Sorrel Sky for hosting the show in their fabulous space and to judge of awards Stephen Day for honoring both ‘The Gaging Station’ – Best of Show and ‘Classical Gas’ – Honorable Mention in Oils. Congratulations and thank you to the collectors who came to enjoy the opening and to the new owners of ‘Havana Blues’ and ‘The Gaging Station’. We couldn’t do what we do without your patronage and support!

Last One Up

Young Win

OPA National Exhibition – Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Those of you who have mentioned wanting to see ‘Last One Up’ in person come on up to the OPA National Exhibition in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado June 1st through September 3rd!

Thank you to the staff at Steamboat Art Museum and to the Oil Painters of America for a beautiful opening night for the 27th Annual National Exhibition.

Thank you Richard Galusha of the Wildhorse Gallery for the Plein Air Division Award of Merit for ‘Young Win’ in the Wet Paint Sale event!


Cuba: Plein Air Magazine Publisher’s InvitationalMarch, 2018
Santa Fe, NM: Santa Fe Plein Air Fiesta – May 4-18 2018
Steamboat Springs, CO: OPA 27th Annual Exhibition of Traditional Oils – June 1 – September 30, 2018
Durango, CO: WorkshopJune 19-21 2018
Traverse City, MI: Paint Grand Traverse Invitational – August 12-18 2018
Grand Canyon, AZ: Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Invitational – September 8 – 2018 through January 21, 2019
Escalante, UT: Workshop – Escalante Canyons Art Festival – September 20 2018
Escalante, UT: Workshop – Escalante Canyons Art Festival – September 30 – October 1 2018
Moab, UT: Workshop – Red Rock Arts Festival – October 4-6, 2018
Sedona, AZ: 14th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival – Oct 13-20, 2018

Last One Up – South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon – 24×18 – oil on linen panel

A little more history on ‘Last One Up’  – I ran, literally, up and down the South Kaibab Trail at the Grand Canyon – sticking to the canyon wall when necessary and crouching under rock ledges…waiting…for this painting that was already in my minds eye. The loyal, sturdy mules who are born into a life of doing endless trips packing gear and people – from top of the canyon to bottom and back again – day after day – amaze me.

Juried Painting: OPA National Exhibition – June, 2018
Award of Excellence: OPA Western Regional 2017 – Judge of Awards, William Schneider
Best Western: Plein Air Salon June/July 2017 – Judge of Awards, Thomas Schaller
Honorable Mention: OPA Summer Online Showcase 2017 – Judge of Awards, Louis Escobedo

2017 WRAP UP

9th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art
Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Collector’s Choice Award

The 9th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art was a highlight of the season. The event ended with a Quick Draw and auction dedicated to funding a permanent art venue on the South Rim that will preserve and showcase the spectacular art collection owned by Grand Canyon National Park and Grand Canyon Association with an exhibition at the historic Kolb Studio. Thank you Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine for awarding ‘Hope’ the Collector’s Choice Award!

The season wrapped up with a stunning event at Illume Gallery of Fine Art in St. George, Utah. The OPA Western Regional show coincided with the ribbon cutting and opening of Illume Gallery which now joins Mission and Authentique galleries.  Thank you Oil Painters of America and awards judge William Schneider for the Award of Excellence for ‘Last one Up’!

Also, thanks to Escalante Canyons Art Festival and judges for awarding the plein air painting ‘Bounty’ Best of Show for 2017. To Red Rock Arts Festival and judges, Bryan Mark Taylor and Clive Tyler for awarding the plein air painting ‘Yellow Rafts’ First Place – Oils, the plein air painting ‘Beyond’ First Place Deadhorse Point Quick Draw and to my fellow painters thank you for awarding ‘Love the Corner’ Artist’s Choice – Moab Downtown Quick Draw!


23 thoughts on “News

  1. Not only are you a wonderful artist, you are also a wonderful teacher. I learned important concepts, new to me, when I took private lessons from you. I will be calling to schedule more lessons.

  2. Lyn,
    It was a great pleasure meeting and talking with you today at the Grand Canyon today. Thank you for allowing me to have a little of your time.
    I just finished viewing your web site, very impressive.
    Gordon Hester

  3. I am very privileged to be the proud owner of San Francisco de Asis Mission Church painting. It called my name at the Maynard Dixon gallery and I couldn’t leave without it! Your work is beautiful and the color is spectacular. It resides on my living room wall next to an old Apache basket and a Chinle rug with a complementary ochre color. I look forward to following your stunning work.

    • Jan, thank you so much for letting me know San Francisco de Asis Mission Church found its home with you. I love thinking of it on your wall next to your Apache basket and Chinle rug. It’s sounds like it found its perfect home. When I saw the sun cast the shadow of the cross on the church and the birds were gracing the edge I thought St. Francis would have been pleased indeed and it needed to be painted. So glad you like my work and please stop by the studio if you’re every in Durango. – Lyn

  4. Hello Lyn,
    We are your Italian friends. We had the pleasure to meet you at the Grand Canyon while you were painting a wonderful picture and had a very nice and interesting chat.
    I like your works herewith presented in your website. They are really outstanding.
    Hope you remember us. Keep in touch and let us know about your project.
    I am Giovanni the one who spoke English.

    Much love
    Giovanni + Elio + Nadia + Matteo

    • Hello Giovanni, Elio, Nadia and Matteo! It was so fun to meet you at the Grand Canyon! Thank you for your nice note. Half the fun of my job is the wonderful new friends I meet along the way. Thank you for the kind words about the paintings on my website Giovanni. Do keep in touch and have a wonderful holiday season! Your friend, Lyn

  5. I met you in St. George at the OPA show and chatted with you a bit. You left your card with me and today I went back to check out your painting. WOW! it is gorgeous. I love your brush work and your colors. If I had been the judge you would have received a ribbon. Your colors, use and design of space, light and darks were exceptional. I think it was one of the most powerful pieces there. You are now on my list of artists to frequenty check on. Barbara

    • It was so nice to meet you in St. George Barbara! Thank you for the really kind comments about my painting and for taking the time to go see it. I was pleased the awards judge did in fact give it a nice ribbon! Gosh…hope someone didn’t walk off with it! 😉 Perhaps they removed the ribbons after the opening. Stop by the studio if you are ever through Durango!

  6. Lyn, I was so entranced by you colors and brush work I completely overlooked the ribbon. it was still there. I have a question. What colors did you have on your palette when you painted that picture, I would really like to know. Thanks Barbara

    • Lol! Great to hear Barbara! I used my standard studio palette: Titanium White, Cad Yellow Lemon, Cad Yellow, Cad Red Light, Cad Orange, Alizarin Permanent, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Manganese Hue and Transparent Red Oxide. All the pigments are M.Graham except for the Alizarin Permanent and Manganese Hue which are Gamblin. – Lyn

  7. Thanks for sharing, I was wondering if you had used something like manganese and red iron oxide. You do great mixing of greyed color. Barbara

  8. Just want to thank you for the article ‘8 Seconds’. I’ve been frustrated trying to find a ‘road map’ to improving my painting skills, and the article hit the mark. Others have said the same thing and I knew this intellectually, but finally connected with me via your outline.

    • Hi Roseanne! Thank you for taking the time to leave the nice comments on ‘8 Seconds’. I’m so glad the article resonated with you and helped you chart a course forward. I totally understand how without some structure we can find ourselves walking in circles in the desert so to speak – frustrated that we don’t see measurable progress. With a ‘map’ this whole painting thing IS doable. Wishing you much success and joy from your progress as a painter! – Lyn

  9. I absolutely love your work! I will be contacting you in 2019 to schedule a private class at your convenience.
    Until then, I wish you all the best!

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