Colleen Flynn-Lawson, "Vidya #10," 2002, acrylic on panel, 54" x 12" x 12".
By Shannon Heth
A respected actress in her early forties, Colleen Flynn-Lawson had always aspired to be a painter. Two years ago, with little artistic experience, Flynn-Lawson decided to follow that dream. Now represented by Jennifer Kostuik in Vancouver, Flynn-Lawson’s artistic success sounds like a story made for Hollywood. Kostuik, who says Flynn-Lawson’s learning curve was “unbelievable,” gave the actress-cum-artist her first solo show in Canada in the spring of 2003. The show sold out. Flynn-Lawson’s earthy and universal works have an “essence of the West Coast that people relate to,” says Kostuik. With her interest in nature, specifically water and light, the vertical format of Flynn-Lawson’s pieces symbolizes the space between earth and sky, the atmosphere undetectable to the human eye, and the shapes and forms that unfold there. The highly anticipated second solo exhibition of Colleen Flynn-Lawson’s work is scheduled to open February 12, 2004 at the Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, in its new location at 2928 Granville Street, Vancouver.