Lynn Van De Water

Lynn VanDeWater's love of lush textile patterns, 18th-century still life, and 19th-century landscapes are evident throughout her work. 

She begins with paper - designs are block-printed, drawn, or painted onto the surface, then, once dry, adhered to canvas. In some paintings, intricate patterns taken from vintage Indian fabrics may be superimposed with exquisitely detailed floral, insect, or avian forms, or enhanced with elements inspired by Japanese kimono. Even her landscapes show such inspiration— aspen trees spring up from a ground of golden filigree;  Asian motifs fill the skies over abstracted blossoms. 

Lynn’s formally-trained sensibility, combined with a fresh and decidedly modern palette (cobalt and hot pink, copper and turquoise), results in work that glows with depth and elegance. 

Lynn studied at The Colorado College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with continued studies at the University of Denver and the Anderson Ranch Art Center.



The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Professional Certificate in Art Education, 1989-1990, Post Baccalaureate in Painting, 1988

The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado
BA in Fine Art, 1985

Kent Denver School, Englewood, Colorado
High School, 1981

Continued Education

Anderson Ranch Art Center, Aspen Colorado

The University of Denver, The Young Audiences Aesthetics Institute
Graduate Program in Fine Art Curriculum Design, 1996

Professional Experience
Crest Academy, Salida, Colorado
6th –8th Grade Art Teacher, Present

Chaffee County Montessori School, Salida, Colorado
1st – 6th Grade Art Teacher, 2008 to Present

Private Group Lessons
3rd Grade and up, 2010 to Present   

Anderson Ranch Art Center, Aspen, Colorado
Children’s Program Instructor     1998 to 2003

Kent Denver School, Englewood, Colorado
7th and 8th Grade Art, High School Drawing and Painting
AP Art History, Theatre Set Design, 1991-98

Achievements and Honors

Merit Stipend for Excellence in Teaching, Kent Denver School, 1996

Merit Grant, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1988





Pinon, Salida, Colorado

2 person show. Spring, 2015

Heart of the Rockies Medical Center
One person show, 2008, 2014

Two women show with Melissa Hefferland, July 2004

Sangre de Christo Fine Arts Center, Pueblo, Colorado
“OYO Show”, December 2002

Grand Junction Art Center
Colorado Landscapes Invitational Show, July and August 2001

Elizabeth Scholosser Fine Art, Denver, Colorado
One Man Show, March 2001

Buena Vista Arts Center, Buena Vista, Colorado
“One Man’s Trash is Another Woman’s Treasure”
Group Show by Invitation, Spring 2000

Steamplant Art Center, Salida, Colorado
Group Show by Invitation, Spring 2000

Mitchell Museum of Fine Arts, Cedarhurst, Illinois
Drawing Together,  Sonja Horoshko and the Project at Hovenweep National Monument,
Drawings and Photographs, Fall 1999

James Walker Gallery, Denver, Colorado
Recent Paintings, 1998

Core New Art Space, Denver. Colorado
Two Person Show, Paintings and Drawings, 1997

Kent Denver School
Juried Art Show, Paintings and Drawings, 1994, 1995, 1996
Features Artist 1997, 1998

Spark Gallery, Denver, Colorado
Two Person Show, 1992, 1993

Man Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Invitational Show, Paintings, 1989

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Fellowship Show, Paintings, 1989

Packard Art Center, The Colorado College
One Person Thesis Show, Paintings and Drawings, 1985