Batavia Coast based artist Lynda Howitt’s love of the sea started in her childhood years, growing up in a little beach house, just steps from the Indian Ocean, Western Australia. With a Bachelor of Arts degree and a highly successful career as a creative director and designer for agencies around the world, she returned back to the beach house and her first love, the sea. Award winning and known for embodying the free-spirited essence of Australia’s oceans, her intuitive style flows just like the sea. Lynda's works hang in public and private collections around the world. Both artist and activist, she is passionate in her efforts to impress this love of the ocean onto her audience, her most recent work engages with the compassion for the sea.
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At the heart of Lynda’s contemporary seascapes expressions is a deep appreciation for her environment and enduring lifelong love for the ocean which is reflected in her work. This is perhaps due to the universal qualities of her subject matter and unique vision, in which the opposite elements of nature are successfully merged as to become a single entity. There is a sense of weightlessness and light that embodies her work. The sea and sky are interwoven, barely distinguishable. She has less interest in depicting specifics of the sea than in evoking the emotion that it offers. Delicately balanced in power and compassion, beauty and strength, they flow like the ocean.
“The tradition of abstract expressionism and color field painting can be seen in Howitt’s work. The sense of chromatic nuance, subtle gestures and lyricism makes her compositions exhilarating. There is an openness to them that creates an extraordinary resonance.” Byron Coleman, Gallery & Studio Magazine NY.
"We reflect on our own feeling when we view the ocean, the tranquility to turmoil but we always seem to find a deeper sense of peace and grace. The ocean is a bridge into our inner-world, it touches and opens out heart as the sea touches the sky.”
Lynda explores the oceans profound ability to change how we feel, capturing a seaside state of mind, they flow with ease and grace giving a sense of wellbeing for us to share in the world and give back to the sea. Her art is made by the sea, with the sea and for the sea. She quite literally embodies the sea in her work, painting by the seaside, using seawater and sea salt encrusting in many works.
“For me art is about emotion. It can profoundly change the way you feel. It takes us into our inner world, it’s a journey inwards.”
Inspired by Turner and Twombly, paintings are formed with natural flow and momentum creating uplifting compositions. Her paintings are not trying to say something but offer something - a space to contemplate, a moment to be. Engaging the viewer on a deeper level, to draw them into their own sense of peace. There is a luminosity to Lynda’s style that just like the sea, offers a sense of freedom to be.
"I have an obsession with the ocean and the profound affinity we have with it. I feel the strongest physically, mentally and spiritually when I’m by its side, it soothes and awakens my soul."
A childhood growing up on the beach set the scene for her love for the ocean. Her affinity with nature and the sense of light and space has been instilled from an early age and continues to be a guiding influence on her work. With a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a successful career as a Creative Director and designer around the world, now an award winning artist, she has returned to her beach house, devoting her time to painting by the sea. She has shown and exhibited internationally and her works hang in homes around the world.
Cultivating compassion for our blue planet is Lynda’s higher vision and purpose for her art. To bring greater awareness and appreciation of our beautiful oceans and inspire others to preserve their precious life.
“The purpose of art is to arouse emotion, the sea is emotion incarnate. Through art we can culturally create compassionate change in the world.”
Represented in New York by June Bateman Fine Art