Lynne Fischer just never ceases to amaze, and she absolutely refuses to slow down. Since her youth as a budding artist living in Toledo, Ohio she has loved to create. In her early years she enjoyed drawing with pencil, on occasion adding color with pastels, but before long it became obvious she had talent and thus began a career in art and design.
Fischer said her formal training began in high school with a strong art focus. She later headed to nearby University of Toledo where she took classes at the Toledo Museum of Art.
Moving to Key West in 1985, Fischer – like so many artists – gained profound inspiration from all the tropics have to offer. She has become as much a part of the Keys as swaying palm trees and warm conch fritters. Her depictions of some of the famous scenes from Old Town in Key West continue to draw in fans from around the globe. Whether it be her fluffy cumulonimbus clouds standing tall and proud over calm teal waters, or her vivid portrayals of scurrying roosters meandering along Duval Street, her paintings are incredibly inspired works that are pure to Keys life.
Fischer has been painting professionally for over four decades now and currently manages Guild Hall Gallery, one of the oldest galleries along Duval Street – the first venue for her work when she was in her 20s.
“Back then, I would bring my paintings down to Guild Hall and they’d let me show them. Eventually my paintings would all sell, and I would be ready by then to bring them more and that is just how it all started,” she said.
Her work ranges in size from small canvas originals of under 4 inches square, to massive gallery wrapped canvases at 40 by 60 inches. She has done far larger commissioned work for clients in the past. Her prices range from under $200 to several thousand dollars for originals, but she offers top-quality prints of most of her pieces.
Fischer specializes in painting iconic businesses and historic homes that showcase the essence of tropical island living. Her realistic painting techniques make foliage and botanicals further illuminate her subjects. She paints architectural structures in a style that brings to mind the best of trompe l’oeil, while using vivid pastel colors delicately applied in acrylic paint onto fine-quality linen canvas.
When asked what she loves most about her job as a full-time painter, she said: “I love sharing my work with others.” She and her husband Jack Louden (a photographer and professional musician) currently live on Big Pine Key where they love the natural environment that surrounds that island. You can see Fischer’s work at Guild Hall Gallery in Key West and at Shady Palm Gallery in Marathon. More information is at www.lynnefischerstudios.com