Lynn Manos


Rather than strict realism, I am interested in the intersection of realism and abstraction and the fine line between the recognition of an image and its dissolution into pure elements of design and color. Working within the multiple Fifty-one Dinghies and DIYC (Davis Islands Yacht Club) series, I use the boat image as the visual element that activates the water. The glimpse of a recognizable fragment of a boat serves to anchor the image in realism, which then dissolves into the abstract movement of color. The addition of the distorted image of a graphic logo of a boat makes a nice calligraphic contrast to the wavy movement of color.

The process of observing and painting constantly moving light and reflections is an attempt to make permanent the impermanent. The challenge is to be honest.


Lynn Manos is a Tampa-based visual artist working with a variety of media including painting, printmaking, drawing and video. Her practice consistently focuses on her personal fascination with water, color and light. Lynn is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a BFA degree in Fashion Illustration and Design, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City with an MA in Printmaking. She taught in the Kansas City area for over 30 years. She relocated to Tampa, Florida in 2006. Lynn was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tampa from 2010-2016. She currently serves on the Public Art Commission for the City of Tampa.

Lynn was a resident artist at Zea Mays Printmaking in Northampton, MA in June 2018. She completed month-long residencies at the Scoula Graphic Internationale in Venice, Italy in 2015, 2013, 2011, 2010, and 2009. She received 2018 and 2009 Individual Artist Grants from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, FL; a 2014 Creative Capital Foundation Professional Development Workshop Grant for Florida, and a 2006 Lighton International Artists Exchange Grant.

Lynn has 2019 Artist Residencies at Zea Mays Printmaking and The Morris Graves Foundation, Loteta, CA.

She is represented by the Clayton Galleries, Tampa, Florida.