About

About the Artist

Lynn Blake John grew up in Washington, DC and lives in Carmarthen, Wales. She was an IT geek in her day job. Nowadays, she works as an artist, illustrator, writer, and composer.

As an artist, Lynn uses all media and she particularly likes the odd and humorous effects that can be achieved with collage. She uses digital media for publishing and the Internet.

As a writer, Lynn is especially interested in children’s issues and in presenting them with humor and wit. Her first two books, Revenge of the Vegetables and The Accidental Athlete, addressed healthy eating and exercise. Her latest book, The Animal Chronicles deals with migration, body image, loneliness, and fear.

As a composer, Lynn is currently writing music for The Animal Chronicles.

Lynn also has a Master’s degree in Education and loves to teach. She has designed and taught all sorts of computer, analyst and management subjects as well as art courses.

Published Works

The Animal Chronicles, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com, 2015

Revenge of the Vegetables, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com, 2014

Dial Y Llysiau (the bilingual Welsh/English edition of Revenge of the Vegetables), Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com, 2014

The Accidental Athlete, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com, 2014

Book cover illustration for Understanding My Muslim Neighbour, Canterbury Press, 2012

Book cover for The Cotton Spies, a novel, Squiggles Press (visit simongjohn.com)

Book cover illustration for Queen of Clubs, a novel, Squiggles Press (visit simongjohn.com)

CD cover for “Keep Off the Bluegrass”

Commissions

Lynn is available for commissioned artwork, including book covers, portraits of pets, paintings and drawings of homes and landscapes.

Past and Present Exhibitions

Nona, Carmarthen, Wales, www.nonajewellery.com

“Seedpods,” National Botanic Gardens of Wales

King Street Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales, www.kingstreetgallery.co.uk

Sea Gallery (Oriel y Mor), Pwllheli, Wales, www.tonnau.com

Art Matters at the White Lion Street Gallery, Tenby, Wales, www.artmatters.org.uk

The Studio, Plockton, Ross-shire, Highlands, Scotland

Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge, Hampshire, UK

Artacquisitions, Wyke, Dorset, UK

Overton Gallery, Overton, Hampshire, UK

Courtenay’s Fine Art, Bournemouth, Dorset, UK

Art in the Street, Motueka, New Zealand

Marina Gallery, Whangerei, New Zealand

Winchester Guildhall, Hampshire, UK

Education

B.A., University of Maryland, 1970

M.Ed., George Mason University, 1977

Painting and Drawing, Cricklade College, Hampshire, UK, 1989-1991

Watercolour Painting and Pastel Portraits, West Dean College, West Sussex, UK, 1990 and 1991

Impressionist Painting, Great Missenden, Hartfordshire, UK, 1992

Pen and Wash Painting, Dillington House, Somerset, UK, 1995

Children’s Book Illustration, Poole, Dorset, 1997-1998

Creative Painting, Dartington Hall, Devon, UK, 1999

Mixed Media Drawing, Edinburgh College of Art, 2001

A Level Art, Basingstoke College of Technology, 2002

Illustration, London College of Media, 2001-2002

Illustration, Chelsea School of Art,
2002-2003

Textiles, West Wales School of the Arts, 2007-2008

Illustration, Swansea Metropolitan University, 2008-2010

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