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 Lynne Kemper


Lynne was introduced to bird carving in the 1990s by her late father-in-law Claude Kemper, a West Virginia bird carver well known for his "Birds of My Hollow" series of birds indigenous to his boyhood home.  Lynne is now continuing the series he began as well as working on her own series of feather carvings called "Birds of a Feather."  Many of the birds she now includes are birds at risk of losing their habitats and becoming endangered species. 

It is her hope that through her efforts others will not only gain an appreciation and knowledge of birds but also recognize the need to provide and protect the environments necessary for their survival.

Most of Lynne’s birds are carved from basswood and mounted on driftwood from West Virginia lakes.  Either tupeloor basswood is used for her life-like feathers. She has participated annually in two West Virginia juried events: The West Virginia State Folk Festival and the Stonewall Jackson Heritage Arts and Crafts Jubilee. 

Lynne received a BA degree with a major in art from West Virginia University and completed graduate art courses at Towson University and the Maryland Institute of Art.

​Although currently focused primarily on wood carving, Lynne also creates two-dimensional art using watercolors, Japanese sumi-e, oils, and acrylics. While living in Japan, she studied the Japanese arts of shodo and sumi-e, and ancient techniques of textile painting practiced in Japan and Okinawa. Her awards include a Yokohama Prefectural Award for one of her shodo scrolls and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards from the Florida Winter National Wood Art Expo for her feather carvings. Her teaching experiences include teaching art to both adults and secondary school students. She is currently a Cape Coral Art League instructor.

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