an impulse, Kevin Lynch first started artistic painting in the spring
of 2001 under the tutelage of artist Barbara McAuliffe of Foxboro, Massachusetts.
At age 54, with no previous artistic training or experience, he began
weekly classes. Unbeknownst to him, he had a flair for the realistic form
of this medium. Ms. McAuliffe's consistent expert instruction encouraged Kevin to pursue this enjoyable hobby. He began with oil on cavas medium. While in Ms. McAuliffe's classes, he painted one painting in charcoal. The charcoal entitled "Oriental" was entered in the Foxboro Art Association's Fall Show of 2004. Happily, it was awarded second prize in that category.
For the past four years Kevin has been using the pastel medium. Initially, under the tutelage of artist Kimberly Weineck in Walpole, he found this medium works up a bit faster than oil painting. Currently, Kevin attends classes given by artist Susan Kelley of Walpole.
Kevin does and always has welcomed his classmates’ constructive criticism and support. The camaraderie and social interactions have been great side benefits of this endeavor. They have participated in workshops on location in Rockport, MA, Gloucester, MA and Ogunquit, ME conducted by artist Bruce Turner. Kevin's extensive art works which have resulted from all of this talented instruction surprised and pleased his family and friends.
Since joining the Foxboro Art Association, several of his paintings have been on display at local judged and non-judged art shows. So far, he has been awarded five prizes: one Best of Show for "Still Life," one Second Prize for "Oriental," two Third Prize for "Restful" and "September: Arundel, Maine" and one Honorable Mention for "Empty Nesters."
A close relative actually “commissioned” Kevin to replicate a photograph taken on Cape Cod of a serene autumn marshland landscape. The painting, “Chapel Creek,” captured the scene beautifully and is now prominently displayed in the relative’s home. Another special painting, “Joppa Flats,” was dedicated and given to his daughter, Rosanne. The scene depicts a young girl standing on the beach in Newburyport, Massachusetts enjoying a stunning rainbow over the ocean inlet. Newburyport—specifically, Plum Island—has been a family vacation spot for thirty years.
Kevin Lynch was raised and resided in Brookline, Massachusetts until 1988 when he moved to Foxborough less than an hour away. He attended St. Mary’s elementary school and Brookline High School. Kevin married his high school sweetheart, Katherine Cullen, in October of 1968. He was still in the military at this time U.S. Navy Seabees. He served in Vietnam. Kevin and Katherine then married and spent the last year of his military service in Morocco.
When they returned to Brookline after his honorable discharge, the couple started a family and bought a home there. A daughter and two sons were born between 1970 and 1981: Rosanne, Jeffrey, and Joseph. Kevin worked for the town of Brookline Fire Department from 1971 until his retirement as Lieutenant in 1997 (due to medical reasons). Kevin is a past commander of VFW Post #864 in Brookline.
In October of 2004 Kevin and Katherine enjoyed a week's stay in Paris marveling at the beauty of the cathedrals and the magnificent architecture. The Parisians were very welcoming and helpful. The couple found the extensive works of art in the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay overwhelming to say the least! Kevin's painting "Jacques" was inspired by a photo taken during that vacation.
In addition to painting, other interests include cooking, gardening, and birdwatching. As of August 26, 2011 Kevin and Katherine became proud grandparents of Nathan. Of course, this special addition to the family inspired a new painting! Recently, the still life, "Pitcher with Pears," and the original "Summertime" have been added to Kevin's portfolio.
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