South African-born artist, Lynda Cookson, began her professional career as an artist in 1994 whilst living in Cape Town, South Africa. Her business Paperways was centred around handmade paper and collage until 1999 when she was able to devote her time to painting. She began as a watercolourist but swiftly moved on to painting the wildlife of Southern Africa using acrylic on canvas. In 2001 Lynda moved to Ireland and settled in Connemara, Co Galway. It took a couple of years before she felt she had begun to absorb and take on some of her new environment and in that time she began to experiment with oil paints. Oils and palette knives have been her medium and tools of choice since that time. Her painting style developed from her fascination with energy, texture and colour, and her paintings continue to express a strong sense of vitality. She aims to “catch the breeze” and capture the living energy in her subjects, believing that nothing is really that clear cut, smooth or perfectly still in life. Everything has a bit of a fuzzy edge and is affected by even the slightest movement of air. As a creative painter, using subjective inspiration is merely a starting point for the painting to develop, and she often chooses to use pure, unmixed colour, letting it work its magic by sitting side by side with, or on top of, another colour. In late 2014 Lynda and her husband moved to Brittany in France in order to make traveling Europe in their motorhome easier.