ArtScopeTO 05: Interview with Painter Mary Lynne Atkinson

November 21, 2017 | By

This month’s edition of ArtScopeTO features a Q&A is with renowned painter Mary Lynne Atkinson, and her desert-themed series Land on Fire, which runs until Sat. Nov. 25 at The Urban Gallery (400 Queen Street East).


One of several striking paintings by Mary Lynne Atkinson, showcased at The Urban Gallery (400 Queen St. East). Titled Land on Fire, the solo exhibit runs until Sat. Nov. 25, 2017.


Atkinson traveled to the Moroccan desert and returned with striking images which she soon translated into portraits using different media. Our compact conversation touches upon her voyage, some of the sights that inspired the series, the changes in light, colour, and sound that occur as the desert shifts from day to night, and some of the media used in the Land on Fire works.

Based in Midhurst, Ontario, Atkinson earned a B.A. at Wilfrid Laurier University and a graduate diploma in Studio Process Advancement from the Haliburton School of the Arts, and her work has been exhibited in Europe and North America.

Some of the beautiful works include graceful landscapes and rough rocky figures, but it’s her use of colour and shading that is striking and soothing, especially in the following examples:


Artist Mary Lynne Atkinson with one of her works from Land on Fire, showcased at The Urban Gallery (200 Queen St. East). The solo exhibit runs until Sat. Nov. 25, 2017.


My podcast with Mary Lynne Atkinson is available on Google Play, iTunes, Libsyn, and YouTube, and her work can be seen until Saturday November 25 at The Urban Gallery, 400 Queen Street East.

No photos nor video can do justice to seeing those colours and textures in person.

Special thanks to Glenda Fordham at Fordham P.R. for facilitating the interview. See Fordham’s blog for additional photos and a video tour with Atkinson.



Mark R. Hasan, Editor

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