Biography


Lynn Jaye was born and raised in London, England and started painting at age five. She studied fine art at the Byam Shaw School of Painting & Drawing, the Central School of Art & Design and the Camden Arts Centre. After working in London for several years, she embarked on a seven-year voyage around the world, exploring many interesting places and cultures. Arriving in Santa Cruz in 1981, Jaye continued her studies in art and design and then worked as an interior design consultant before becoming a full-time artist in 1990.

After painting in watercolor for the first seven years of her professional career, she then transitioned into acrylic on canvas to paint larger works and finally returned to her first love, oil on canvas, having found non-toxic mediums and thinners. Jaye's primary motif is landscape, though she has created many florals, abstracts, nudes and even some life-size statues. She recently won the Special Juror's Award at the ARC Gallery in San Francisco for Shakti Kundalini, a life-size illuminated statue, and has also won the Winsor & Newton Achievement Award for painting, the Impact Award for Excellence, Best of Show and Poster Artist for many local art festivals. Her work has been included in exhibits at the Triton Museum of Art in San Jose, the Los Gatos Museum of Art and the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz.

"Looking at a flower, deep into its center, is like looking at creation itself. It is a meditation on nature, bringing me closer to the meaning of life. I traveled for a long time to many places and through many cultures, and now in the simplicity of a white rose I have found peace and harmony." - Lynn Jaye