I live, farm, and make art in Yancey County, North Carolina, surrounded by beloved mountains and forests. With my roots in the rich colors and ancient textures of Louisiana and in the geometric forms of the endless cotton and soybean fields of the Delta, I have watched my visual life history and current inspiration emerge and dance together in all my creative work. For forty years I have worked as a textile artist, integrating that love of texture and color into twenty years of book arts and now, in the last part of my life, into my paintings. I currently work in oils and cold wax medium, creating layers and working back into paint to find earlier forms and secrets while exploring with curiosity and delight, the spontaneous messages that the paintings have for me. I have enormous gratitude for my many teachers who helped me improve my skills, developed my critical eye with honest appraisal of my work and encouraged my explorations. My creative work, my life, and my spirit are all embedded in the geography, community and natural world of my past and present.
Lynn McLure works from her studio in Western North Carolina near Penland School of Crafts in its large community of artists and makers. While in a private counseling practice, she attended The Memphis College of Art for three years as a non matriculated student and has studied extensively at Penland School and with many individual teachers. Her work has appeared in: Penland Gallery, Penland, NC; Ariel Gallery, Asheville, NC; Textures Gallery, Waynesville, NC; Southern Highlands Craft Guild Folk Art Center Gallery, NC; The Design Gallery, Burnsville, NC; and the Toe River Arts Council Gallery and Studio Tour. Currently her work is exhibited in In Tandem Gallery, Bakersville, NC. She is a member of The Southern Highlands Craft Guild and the Toe River Arts Council.