Lynn Byrne Simon was first inspired to paint at age 7 by her family in a small town outside Philadelphia. Lynn studied painting at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia until 1970, when she moved to Manhattan to study art at The New School. Having moved to Los Angeles in 1976, Lynn continued her art studies at Santa Monica College until she moved to Ventura County, where she found a painting environment that enabled freer expression of humanism and nature. After many years as a still life painter in oils, Lynn changed artistic directions when she was introduced to the art of pastels. She is now focusing on the landscape and how pastels can express the texture and raw color of nature, and has continued her art education by studying with Elizabeth Tolley, Richard McKinley, Kim Lordier, Bert Collins, and Stephanie Birdsall.
Lynn Byrne Simon is a member of the Westlake Village Art Guild, California Art Club, and Santa Barbara Art Association, and is currently President of the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast. In addition to private collections both nationally and internationally, Lynn's work has been exhibited in the Los Angeles Design House 2000, the Carnegie Art Museum of Ventura County and various juried shows in Santa Barbara, La Quinta, Calabasas, Palm Springs and Thousand Oaks. Her award winning art is currently on view at Ojai Gallery 353.