artist statement for Recent Places and Themes:

Months ago, when I began working on paintings for this show, I was exploring the simple way in which two colors would interact. It began with Indigo and Turkey Umber Greenish, two colors similar in hue and value. As time went by my explorations extended to opposites, with Alizarin Crimson and Cobalt Teal (the image on my postcard) being the final effort. I made many color friends along the way.

At the same time I knew I wanted to say something about a recent trip to Antarctica and the rapid loss of the glaciers. The hanging piece in this show, Future Polar Memories, and the painting, Snow Storm on the Glacier, are meant as my tribute to the beauty of the polar regions on this Earth.

In the end, this is a show about process in the studio and processes on the Earth.

Lynda Cole - February 2, 2018


general artist statement:

I spend time in my studio 'making' because it gives me pleasure. It is something I've always done in one way or another. Whether or not it is 'art' is up to the viewer.

The work is non narrative - it is about mood or, say, an interesting line. I suppose a line is a narrative of a sort but the story comes from the viewer. My intention is more to cause a feeling of peace or contemplation.

It is pleasurable to look at non-narrative motion - like water on the ocean, shadows on the wall or clouds against the sky. Imagine the feeling one gets while looking at a vast green field or a calm blue or silver ocean. Those sorts of scenes give a sense of what I try to impart. The viewer has to understand in some way and make it his or her own.

I experimented with line,  composition, color while studying clothing and textile design at Michigan State University. I studied botany while at University of Michigan. I lived in London, England for five years exploring the art world. These things all influence me although the biggest influence currently is the natural world and the idea and feeling of tranquility. Motion and geometry also play a part.

Encaustic wax, with its depth and luminescence, is my primary medium. Other media that explore light also find their way to my studio - silver or palladium leaf on small acrylic squares or DuraLar. These usually hang in grids. See Rain, which won third prize in Art Prize 2011, for an example.



always, my work is in WSG Gallery in Ann Arbor, Michigan

highlights from 2015:

North, solo exhibition, Oct 20 - Nov 28, WSG Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

Down the Rabbit Hole and Around Again, commissioned by Ruth's Chris Steak House, Ann Arbor, MI

highlights from 2013:

A Color Conversation, solo exhibition, WSG Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

highlights from 2012:

Rain - GFS, hanging in entry atrium of GFS headquarters, commissioned by GFS, Wolverine, MI

highlights from 2011:

Rain - Art Prize, 3rd place winner, GR Public Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

colors - new encaustic, Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI

highlights from 2010:

Ann Arbor in Tubingen, Tubingen Kulturhalle, Tubingen, Germany

Silver Liquid: a tribute to water, solo exhibition, WSG Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

A Different Alphabet, commissioned by Bloomfield Township Public Library, Bloomfield, MI

Silver Linings, Terra Gallery, Columbus, OH

egg, greatly enlarged - part of Art in the Sky, on billboards in SE Michigan

highlights from 2009:

Encaustic Wax Paintings on Screen, University of Michigan Hospital, main lobby, Ann Arbor, MI

highlights from 2008:

Francesc Burgos, Lynda Cole: Recent Work, Mallets Creek Library, Ann Arbor, MI

Stillness in Motion, solo exhibition, WSG Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

The World Between Black and White, solo exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

with Chris McCauley and Mari Marks, Wenniger Gallery, Rockport, MA

highlights from 2007:

Ahead of the Buzz, The Gallery at R&F, Kingston, NY

Prints USA, 2007, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO

2003 - Bill of Rights, public art installed in Ann Arbor, MI

2003 - High Resolution, digital Art in the 21st Century, B.K. Smith Gallery, Lake Erie College, Painesville, OH


professional activities:

2001 - present: President of WSG Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

2006 - 8: instructor in The Art of Encaustic Painting, Birmingham, Bloomfield Art Center, Bloomfield, MI

2004 - Juror for Ann Arbor Original Art Fair

2001 - Juror for Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair

1990 - 1997 - board member (including President) for Ann Arbor Women Artists

1976 - 1990 - owner Wildwood Flower Landscape Design, Ann Arbor, MI

1970 - 1972 - clothing design, freelance NYC and Ann Arbor, MI



2010 - Feb 4, Art Design and Public Responsibilities Forum: The Role of Public Art in Michigan

           Panel members:

           Reed Kroloff, Director, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum

           Christine Schefman, Director of Contemporary Art, David Klein Gallery

           Marc Schwartz, Acting Director, Art Detroit Now

           Lynda Cole, featured artist at Bloomfield Township Public Library, Bloomfield, MI

2005 - Moderator for Round Table Discussion on Digital Fine Art in conjunction with featured

           artist exhibit at WSG Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI