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October 3, 2018
Liz Pusch Lpusch@oilpaintersofamerica.com
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.
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.
OPA Western Regional Bronze Medal
September 7th – October 6th
16×12 – oil on linen panel
To view Ms. Boyer’s award-winning painting along with the entire award list, please visit www.oilpaintersofamerica.com.
Juniper at Dead Horse Point
Plein Air Moab 2016
Best of Show and Artist’s Choice
8×10 – oil on linen panel
One Possible Reason Boyer’s Piece Won in Moab
Bob Bahr Reporting
Editor, PleinAir Today
Lyn Boyer’s painting “Juniper at Dead Horse Point” took Best of Show at Plein Air Moab, and she’s happier than usual about it for one big reason.
“I consciously don’t paint to win awards,” says Boyer. “If my mind starts to anticipate what might win or what a judge wants, I erase that from my mind. I paint things that I fall in love with. When I was painting the juniper tree, I didn’t even consider that the painting would be noticed. I’m painting in Moab, and my piece is not a rock, it’s not big, and it’s not red. I thought I was taking myself out of the running. So it meant a lot to me to win. I was true to myself.”
The subject matter itself was no accident. Boyer scoped out the site carefully, even if her final choice was a challenging one. “It was not random. It was very specific. I drove in the dark to get to Dead Horse Point at sunrise, and as I was walking around, the junipers were really wonderful and really captivated me,” Boyer recalls. “When I went back on the second day, that one really struck me. Maybe it was its ability to survive. In order to even get the roots of the tree at eye level, I had to get up on a rock. It was a less comfortable place to paint, but that was the view of the tree I wanted. It’s part of the fun, the difficulty, the challenge. It’s part of the experience. But I had to focus — I couldn’t step back 10 feet from my easel like I’m used to doing.”
It may mark the beginning of an informal series of paintings. “I was so fascinated that I’m probably going to paint a lot more junipers,” says Boyer.