Lynne Taetzsch







Lynne Taetzsch

Lynne Taetzsch

Ithaca, NY


Lynne Taetzsch was born in East Orange, New Jersey and grew up in Irvington and Newark, New Jersey. She was interested in art from the time she was a child, spending her allowance on arts and crafts supplies, painting the school windows for the holidays, and winning a class drawing contest in eighth grade. As a young teenager she took oil-painting lessons from a local artist and later she was president of her high-school art club.
At Rutgers University, the University of Southern California, and the University of California, Lynne took art classes in painting, print-making, drawing and pottery. But the biggest influence on her art was the two years she spent at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, where she had classes in calligraphy, architectonics, one and two dimensional design, life drawing, and painting. This is when her work gradually became more abstract as she experimented with collage materials in an intense focus on composition.
Lynne has lived in Florida, California, New Jersey, Virginia, Kentucky, and now in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State. She's worked as a secretary, a writer, an editor, a publisher, a junior-high English and Math teacher (six months), a business trainer and manager, a Kirby vacuum cleaner salesperson (one week), a leather crafter, and a college professor. Through most of it, she kept painting, and since the spring of 2000 she has been painting full time in her studio in Ithaca, New York.
In the early eighties Lynne switched from oil paint to acrylics. She found that acrylics fit her style better because they dry quickly. She works on a painting over many days, adding layers that accumulate without totally eradicating the previous images. She paints standing up, listening to jazz, classical, or rock and roll. The process of painting in broad gestures with a brush or palette knife gives her work its sense of intense energy. Like jazz, the heart of her art is improvisation.
Lynne’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad. Stan Bowman, professor emeritus of the Cornell University Art Department, said in a review of Lynne’s exhibit at the Clinton House ArtSpace in Ithaca: “Taetzsch is a painter very much in the tradition of the best of 20th century abstraction.”
Describing her painting process, Lynne says: I am of course indebted to all the artists who came before me, for the wonderful ways they have transmuted color, line and shape. Some of my very special art connections are Miro, Kandinsky, Matisse, DeKooning, Hans Hoffman, Helen Frankenthaler, and Joan Mitchell.
In the early stages of a painting, I work very fast. This helps give my art its sense of energy and spontaneity. I like to trick my conscious mind by not letting it have too much control over what happens. In some ways I’m creating a mess or a problem that I then have to solve in order to make the painting work.
It’s the painting surface that I love - the lusciousness of color in its thick and thin varieties, flat and opaque to keep the eye on the surface, or transparent and airy to suggest deep space. My goal is to stay as close to the edge as possible, to keep that sense of organic happening, as if the painting had grown itself rather than having been crafted by me.


2012 Drawing #5 by Lynne Taetzsch


2012 Drawing #4 by Lynne Taetzsch


2012 Drawing #3 by Lynne Taetzsch


2012 Drawing #2 by Lynne Taetzsch


Contemporary Art One by Lynne Taetzsch


2012 Drawing #1 by Lynne Taetzsch


Sweet Tooth by Lynne Taetzsch


Contemporary Painting Four by Lynne Taetzsch


Contemperary Painting 39 by Lynne Taetzsch


Introspection by Lynne Taetzsch


Harvest by Lynne Taetzsch


Contemporary Painting Five by Lynne Taetzsch


Contemporary Painting Three by Lynne Taetzsch


Contemporary Art 31 by Lynne Taetzsch


Contemporary Art Twenty by Lynne Taetzsch


Contemporary Art Nineteen by Lynne Taetzsch


Contemporary Art Fifty by Lynne Taetzsch


Contemporary Art Forty-Nine by Lynne Taetzsch


Circus Partners by Lynne Taetzsch


Changing Everythig by Lynne Taetzsch


Traveling Light by Lynne Taetzsch


Toss and Catch by Lynne Taetzsch


Time Search by Lynne Taetzsch


Tilted Boxes by Lynne Taetzsch


Through a Glass Brightly by Lynne Taetzsch


Things We Don't See by Lynne Taetzsch


Thicket In Ice by Lynne Taetzsch


Thicket by Lynne Taetzsch


The Season For It by Lynne Taetzsch


Swept Away by Lynne Taetzsch


Standing Tall by Lynne Taetzsch


Spring Fancy by Lynne Taetzsch


Sound and Fury Four by Lynne Taetzsch


Sound and Fury Three by Lynne Taetzsch


Sound and Fury Two by Lynne Taetzsch


Sound and Fury One by Lynne Taetzsch


Soft Touch by Lynne Taetzsch


Sierra Climb by Lynne Taetzsch


Seriously by Lynne Taetzsch


Say Yes by Lynne Taetzsch


Rocking Horse Winner by Lynne Taetzsch


Riding High by Lynne Taetzsch


Refracted Dream by Lynne Taetzsch


Placating Your Friends by Lynne Taetzsch


Ode To You by Lynne Taetzsch


Night Songs by Lynne Taetzsch


Meadow Four by Lynne Taetzsch


Meadow by Lynne Taetzsch