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Interview with Member Artist Lynn Thrower

What is your medium and why did you choose it?

I decorate animal skulls with various materials…semi-precious stones, beads, mini tiles, leather, fabric and other materials. I have always loved animal skulls and decided to make them even more beautiful with embellishments.

How long have you been making art?

I have been making my skull art for the last four years. I’ve always been interested in interior design for my own purposes and those of family and friends. I’ve sewed since I was very young. Interior design and sewing taught me about the basis of my art…design, texture and color.

Where do you get your inspiration?

My inspiration comes from many things. It may be the landscape, sunsets, stones, textiles, fashion or interior design: anything and everything in the environment surrounding us.

What does your studio look like?

My studio is a section of my office in my home.

What is your favorite time of day to make art?

Any time, but I try to work in the daytime because the light is best. It often depends on what other things I have going on in my day.

Do you listen to music or have complete silence when you work?

Sometimes I listen to music, but generally I prefer to work in a quiet environment.

Describe your creative process.

I choose a center piece, generally a semi-precious stone, which reflects the colors and style I’m looking for to enhance the skull. Once I have the stone, I develop my color scheme and choose materials of various colors and textures to create my design. At this point I haven’t determined a specific design. The design develops as I continue working.

What else would you like people to know about your art?

I've always loved animal skulls, especially bulls. I embellish the skulls with semi-precious stones, glass beads, recycled glass tiles, among other items. This makes the skulls more beautiful and gives them an extended life.

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