Lynn Reznick is well known for her lovely paintings, which have been so admired and popular at various shows and exhibits statewide, not only by the viewers and art lovers, but also by her peers.
She also creates greeting cards scenes of Vandalia historical sites, which can be purchased at the Fayette County Museum.
Lynn’s paintings may also be viewed and purchased during the museum’s annual art shows.
Lynn credits her parents, Dr. Edward Kuehn and Marguerite “Margie” Kuehn, with her introduction to the world of artistic achievements, at a very young age. So young, in fact, that one feels the gift was already present, and was awakened by the nourishment of her parents’ interest.
Lynn’s First Box of Crayons
Many remember her father as Dr. Kuehn, a friendly, caring man, who practiced medicine in the area and at Fayette County Hospital for many years.
He loved to fish, and he relaxed at their cabin on Stanberry Lake when possible.
Lynn said that he made drawings, using circles and triangles, a simple method, but one which inspired her to become an artist.
“One day,” she said, “when I was 4 or 5 years old, he brought a box of crayons home to me.
“He drew a picture of a lion,” she said, demonstrating how he drew a simple picture of a lion using the circles.
That box of crayons was the threshold of a love of drawing and coloring, which stayed with Lynn throughout a career that began as an occupational therapist.
That career eventually gave over to Lynn’s real love, that of an artist, and not just an artist, but one who understands her paintings, whose creativity is enhanced by the feelings she puts into the brush strokes.
She remembers as a student at Lincoln School painting the school windows with tempra paints, as the students used to do, especially at the holiday seasons.
She attended college, training to be an occupational therapist, which she worked at for a while. But her heart was an artist’s heart, and she received a master’s degree in her first love.
Lynn’s mother’s personality and love for music also had an important influence in Lynn’s life, and she feels that the combination of science and crafts were important in her work as an occupational therapist and her art, believing they helped “check the balance.”
Her mother loved music, and both her dad, and mother, when dating, loved to dance, so much so that they traveled to Cedar Rapids and went by train to Chicago just to dance to the music of the big bands, as was a popular in those earlier days.
Lynn was destined to profit from her parents’ love and enjoyment of each other, of life, and of their love and interest for their little daughter.
Lynn’s works of art are on display at Greenville University from Nov. 1-20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays, and also during Olde Tyme Christmas this Friday at Something Special Florist and Boutique in downtown Vandalia.