E. Lynette Fransen was born and raised in eastern South Dakota. Her mother died when she was young and her father raised their four children alone. Her flare for drawing and painting began in grade school. A teacher’s appreciation and encouragement set the stage for what was to come years down the road.
Lynette has always enjoyed people, which has lead to her enthusiasm in painting portraits. Her passion for life, people, relationships and her love for the Lord have been her inspiration. After her father’s death in 1992 with Alzheimer’s, she felt motivated to begin her publishing company-Ruth’s Images-as a tribute to her parents. Lynette is a self-taught artist. Realism in her paintings is what she strives for. Her favorite mediums are acrylic and pastel.
Painting pictures of dogs – “Man’s Best Friend” – has always been her favorite; she has the ability to capture their unique personality and that special look of an animal friend. It has earned her many prestigious awards such as: Wyoming Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year; winning second place in the Iowa Ducks Unlimited contest. Her painting was then chosen to be Iowa’s Ducks Unlimited National Print Series #1 and was included in their state package for 2005-2006. Lynette’s work has been included several times in the Wyoming Ducks Unlimited state package as well as Wisconsin’s state package. Additionally, Artisans, the exclusive clothier for Ducks Unlimited, has selected several paintings of Lynette’s for their clothing lines. She has been the Featured Artist for organizations such as South Dakota Farmers Union and the Nile Stock Show & Rodeo in Billings, MT. In 2011, Lynette won the Grand Prize at the Petroleum Club Art contest in Casper, WY.
In recent years Lynette has expanded her art line to include painting wildlife: bison, elk, deer, grizzly & black bear, antelope, moose, and Bighorn Sheep. These paintings are especially appealing to many audiences, but particularly those visiting Yellowstone National Park. She has previously shown her work in Yellowstone as a Guest Artist at the Old Faithful Inn and has recently been the Artist in Residence at Lake Yellowstone Hotel in the Park several times in the past three years. You will find her this year in the lobby at Lake Yellowstone Hotel the last two weeks of June and most of September, 2012.
Many of her Limited Edition prints are displayed and available at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Casper as well as galleries and businesses around the country.
Lynette is the mother of three grown sons: Dan, Brian and Riley. She is now enjoying the additional blessings of daughters-in-law and grandchildren. She resides in Casper, Wyoming with her husband Larry. She is active in her community and in supporting various charities. Lynette has worked extensively with the Central Wyoming Rescue Mission by providing original paintings for fundraising purposes. Her work can be seen on her web site www.ruthsimages.com.
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