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Beaufort artist Lynne Morgan finds inspiration in crashing waves

Artist Lynne Morgan poses in front of one of her paintings.
Artist Lynne Morgan poses in front of one of her paintings.

Lynne Morgan has spent most of her life around water. Now, she's spending much or her time capturing the waves.

The Beaufort artist's exhibit "It's Art, Darling" at the Beaufort Art Association heavily features her oil paintings of waves crashing into shores both in the Lowcountry and in her native New England.

Morgan spent much of her adult life in Washington, D.C., where she raced sailboats on the Chesapeake Bay. A childhood interest in art started to re-emerge in the early '80s when she took up decorative painting. From there, she combined her two passions.

Morgan explains the intricacies of painting the waves.

Question. What is it about water that you find fascinating?

Answer. It's just the movement of the water. It's the same thing with the brush strokes. You can't just dab them in. It's a very long sweeping motion and you have to do it just right. But I just love the water.

I grew up in Bristol (R.I.). I was an avid sailor. I moved to the Washington, D.C., area in 1975 and started racing. Every Wednesday night I left work and drove all the way to the Chesapeake and raced.

Q. I imagine water played a role in your moving to Beaufort.

A. Yes, we wanted to be on the water. We moved here nine years ago. I said I wanted to be on the water facing west. I am not a morning person. Therefore, I paint sunsets.

Q. What got you into art in the first place?

A. I enjoyed art as a child. In eighth or ninth grade I had an art teacher. I was working on something, and he said something like, "Don't make a living out of this." It crushed me. My father was an electrical engineer so I went to college as a math major. It wasn't until later that I got back into art.

Q. How did being a math major affect your art?

A. When I paint I have my drafting, my rulers. There's a rule to waves. The next wave is always half the distance between the first two. If you go out there and take photographs and get your ruler, that's the way it is.


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