“Riverbank” by Renee Lynn | Awards Collective GalleryTalk

The Awards Collective was created to feature the works of artist who have received a Juror’s Award or Director’s Award in ASG’s Online exhibitions.  Renee Lynn’s image “The Light Within“ received the Juror’s Award in the “imagined” exhibition juried by Susan Burnstine.  Renee’s exhibition “Riverbank” was featured from December 1 to December 31, 2023 and is discussed in our GalleryTalk with Renee.

Artist Statement

There is a deep beauty in the remote lands of western Ireland found within neglected places that offer the kind of space and light that respects its true nature. The meandering rivers traverse endless rolling hills and rich green plains which are deeply entwined with the Celtic history of the land.

Using impressionistic photographic techniques, deliberate movements are applied to create a tapestry of colors, shapes, and textures. This series reveals a transient nature of the moment that touches on the infinite. With an ease between representation and abstraction, the unseen materializes in new and unexpected ways born from all that is sacred and revered in this cherished landscape.

Inspiration for the series was drawn from one of Ireland’s treasured poets, John O’Donohue and his poem Fluent.

I would love to live
Like a river flows,
Carried by the surprise
Of its own unfolding.

~ John O’Donohue


Renee Lynn is an American photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Renee grew up surrounded by artists in the vibrant art scene of Greenwich Village in the 1960’s, an environment that shaped her voice as a visual artist. At 10 years old, with a Brownie camera in hand, she began exploring her world.

In 1980 Renee completed her studies in commercial photography at U.C. Berkeley. She began her career working as a photojournalist before she found her passion as a stock photographer specializing in nature and animal imagery. During this time, Renee was represented by Getty Images, Corbis Images and Photo Researchers. She co-authored the Nature column for Popular Photography and was featured in Photo District News and on the Discovery Channel. Her publication credits include National Geographic, Time, and National Wildlife Federation. Renee received BBC Wildlife Photography of the Year awards in addition to the Addy award for a DDB Volkswagen ad campaign. Her animal imagery was used for advertising by Apple, Exxon, Jaguar and Discovery Channel. Reaching out to others and supporting their professional development, she founded the NPPA Women in Photojournalism Conference and Women in Nature Photography Conference.

In 1996 Renee once again moved to a community with one of the liveliest art scenes in America: Santa Fe, New Mexico. It proved to be a place where she could study and practice the arts surrounded by creative talent and inspiration. Here, she expanded her photographic endeavors to explore the visual language of abstract expressionism. Through imaginative fields of color, line and form she now invites you to experience photography in an unexpected way.

website:  reneelynnimages.com
instagram: @reneelynnimages

link to online exhibition