Lynda is a member of the Pastel Society of Victoria, a former member of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists, has served as a member of the Shire of Mitchell Arts Advisory Committee, is a life member of Seymour & District Art Society, and a member of Heathcote Artists Inc. As well as being involved in numerous art organisations and having several articles and demonstrations of her pastel technique published in four art magazines, Lynda was extremely humbled to receive an Australia Day Award in 2006 for ‘services to art’ from the Shire of Mitchell.
Whilst having a keen interest in art since childhood, Lynda took up painting on a more serious scale in 1985 using firstly watercolour, then oils, until eventually she discovered pastel which then became her medium of choice. She says…. ‘My husband’s great aunt was the well known pastellist, Janet Cumbrae Stewart, (1883 - 1961) and it was seeing her work displayed in the family home which inspired me to try working with this intriguing and versatile medium.’
Other favourite role models are Hans Heysen, Margaret Ollie, and the artists of the Heidelberg School (Arthur Streeton, Walter Withers, Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts etc.) She has had several solo exhibitions, the first being held in 2005, as well as a number of very successful group shows with artist friends.
During 2021, Lynda was involved in a collaborative publication entitled ‘Lines on the Landscape’ featuring 24 of her paintings teamed with poetry by Western Australian writer and artist Gregory Pastoll. During 2022 she had a joint exhibition - ‘Done N Dusted’ - at Naracoorte Regional Gallery, South Australia, with pastellist /wildlife artist Gayle Newcombe,
A number of first prizes and commendations in various art shows have included: