Lynne Arovas, a Greenwich resident, graduated with a B.A. in psychology and minor in art from Arcadia University. She has studied at the Silvermine School of Art, with Eddie Nino, and currently studies at the Rowayton Arts Center. Lynne has exhibited in numerous juried shows, as well as some group and solo shows. She is a member of the Artists Collective of Westport, Greenwich Arts Society, Stamford Art Association, and Rowayton Arts Center (exhibiting member). Lynne has won prizes for her work and was a finalist for two pieces in The Artist’s Magazine 33rd Annual Art Competition.
Energy in order is one way I would describe my work. Arranging expressive designs of nervous energy in a contained, structured way is for me a very calming and almost meditative experience. There is satisfaction placing “chaos” in order, and excitement combining these contrasting elements into a dynamic composition. Emotions, nature, and color inspire me and are often the intertwining themes in my work. My goal for a collage is reached when I am finally content with the color harmony, pattern relation, dimension created and emotions/thoughts expressed.
Mixed media/collage is a very forgiving medium, which is in part why I relate and enjoy the process. There is always the possibility to change--recreate. I usually begin by drawing and/or painting many designs, shapes, doodles, and written thoughts onto paper. The materials I gravitate to most are colored markers, pen, paint, pencil, crayon, colored paper, and water- based gloss/matte medium. Once I feel I have enough designs to work with, I start on cutting the drawings (etc.) up, arranging and gluing the pieces to a paper surface, then sealing with a water-based medium. These cutting, arranging, pasting, and sealing steps continue many times over which often results in the collage having a tile like quality.