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Lynne Railsback

When Lynne Railsback began painting, she didn't paint roses, orchids, or iris. The plants that grew in the woods and prairies in the Midwest were her favorite subjects. She particularly enjoyed the plants in fall and winter with their interesting shapes, colors, and textures. When she became a snowbird and moved to Florida for the winter, her subjects changed. She's still working on this transition, but her process hasn't changed.

Railsback's paintings begin without preliminary studies, drawing pencil lines on the paper, or relying on photographs. Instead her inspiration is the physical plant, "close up and personal." The resulting work has been shown in solo exhibitions, botanical gardens, arboretums, and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and the U.K. Her watercolors have been purchased by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Janesville Rotary Gardens, New York State Museum, Racine Art Museum, Springfield Museum of Art, Zurich USA, and many private collectors. She has received Best in Show from the New York Horticultural Society, a silver medal from the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society in Edinburgh, and many purchase awards. Railsback's work has been published widely.

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