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Lutz Magazine Volume IV • Issue II

Mike Rowe, of Dirty Jobs Fame, Spotlights Local Artist, Lynne Simone

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Bringing Pets to Life

Mike Rowe, of Dirty Jobs Fame, Spotlights Local Artist, Lynne Simone

Local artist, Lynne Simone recently became a Facebook sensation when on a whim, she painted a portrait of Mike Rowe’s famous dog, Freddy, and tagged him on the social media platform. Within an hour, Mike saw the portrait and was struck by the uncanny resemblance. Lynne was pleased that he loved it and mailed him the painting. Along with a post in Freddy’s own words, Mike shared a photo of it with Freddy posing alongside his likeness. As they say, the rest is history. “I do all kinds of fine art painting, but painting pets is very rewarding to me as an artist because my clients are trusting me to bring their most beloved fur babies to life,” Lynne said. “I work from photos and am often challenged with lighting issues or missing ears, especially if the animal is no longer with us, so when the customer gives their approval it is that much more satisfying to me. I strive to capture the personality in each one and find that the eyes truly are windows to the soul, just like in people portraits. If the eyes are not spot on, the twinkle isn't there and it could be just any animal. An emotional response from a client is the absolute best thing. When a client cries, I am delighted because it means I have captured the essence of their animal.” “I have been an artist as long as I can remember, always drawing and doodling,” Lynne said. “My first pet portrait was done in pastels about the age of 10 and I still have it. I studied Fine Art at SUNY New Paltz in New York way back in the day, but do not have a fine art degree. I began in graphic design which was a bit too structured for me and then family led me from NY to Florida. It was here studying under private instructors where I learned the most. I’ve had the pleasure of studying under Antonio Caparello (who worked under James Rosenquist), Diane Becker, a Hernando County artist who specializes in portraits and brought me to the "next level" in my work. More recently, I studied under Fred Mannarino, an amazingly talented cubist, who was my friend and mentor and sadly passed away in 2019. I have also earned a Silver Brush Educator designation.” “I’ve always had my hand, literally, in something creative, even while raising my kids. The passion has always been there even when the time was limited. But it is now with an empty nest that I found that drive and lost my fear to move forward. The Mike Rowe post helped all that to happen, but I had to be ready and I’m so ready!” “I’ve been a purveyor of painting fun at Painting with a Twist Wesley Chapel, Carrollwood and Trinity for nearly 7 years and I credit that teaching experience with helping me to come out of my shell and be more comfortable with public speaking and presentations. Nothing helps adults get rid of their inhibitions and fear better than wine and good music! I also taught Oil Painting through the Hernando County adult education department before COVID made that class non-essential. I don't know if they will bring it back, but I’m hopeful. I am open to giving private lessons and teaching workshops in pastel or acrylic,” Lynne said. “Currently, I have only one pet. His name is Waldo and he is the best domestic long-haired Maine Coon ‘wanna-be’. Despite being a cat, he acts much like a dog and fills that void until we are in a position to have a pup in our forever home. I did have a German Short-haired Pointer named Boomer who was a rescue dog. He had been hit by a car and it was unclear if he would walk again. Boomer ended up being my running buddy and had the best personality and softest muzzle of any fur baby I’ve ever had.” “One thing I have found this crazy year is that pets are one thing we all share a love for. Dogs or cats - it doesn't matter in the scheme of things when we find comfort and joy in our fur babies and feathered friends.”• ___________________________________________

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For more information about Lynne, please visit www.lynnesimonefineart.com.

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