Recognized for loose impressionistic paintings filled with thick, impasto oil paint and color, Lynn Mehta is an award-winning artist living in Alexandria, Virginia. An artist since childhood, Mehta grew up along the Southern California coast, earned her B.A. in Art from San Diego State University, and has studied with internationally acclaimed artists. She is a Juried Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club and the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, and a Signature Member in the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and the American Society of Marine Artists.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Honorable Mention: Nautical Show, Salmagundi Club, July 2018.
  • Honorable Mention: Quick Draw, Parrsboro Plein Air, June 2018.
  • 1st Place Juried Artist Quick Draw, Paint Annapolis, June 2018.
  • People’s Choice Quick Draw Award, Paint Annapolis, June 2018.
  • 1st Place Artist Choice, Paint Snow Hill, April 2018
  • Honorable Mention Rice Gallery of Fine Art 3rd Annual National Juried Plein Air Show, 2018
  • Best Nature Award Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival, 2017.
  • Honorable Mention Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival, 2017.
  • 3rd Place: Washington Society of Landscape Painters, 2017.
  • Quick Draw Sponsor Award from The Yard, Art in the Open, Wexford, Ireland, August 2017.
  • Best Use of Light: Mountain Maryland Plein Air Competition, June 2017.
  • 2nd Place: Gloucester Invitational Quick Draw, May 2017.
  • Best of Show: BSSS Queen City Plein Air Festival, April 2016.
  • 1st Place: Staunton Quick Draw Art Competition, April 2016.
  • 4th Place: Women Painters of the Southeast Exhibition 2016.
  • Juror’s Choice Award: Capitol Hill Art League Juried Exhibition, Hill Center Galleries, January 2016.
  • Materials Award: 87th Grand National Exhibition, The American Artists Professional League, New York, NY, November 2015.
  • Best Painting Incorporating Water: Paint Annapolis, June 2015.
  • 2nd Place: Paint Annapolis Juried Artist Quick Draw, June 2015
  • Thomas Moran SCNY Award: Salmagundi Spring Auction Exhibition, March 2015
  • Certificate of Merit: Salmagundi 106th Annual Thumb-Box Exhibition, December 2014.
  • 3rd Place: Piedmont Plein Aire Paint Out, September 2014.
  • 2nd Place: Paint Annapolis, June 2014.
  • Best of Show: Mattawoman Creek Art Center Juried Exhibit, April 2014.
  • Artists’ Choice Award: Paint Snow Hill, April 2014.
  • Juror’s Choice Award: Small Wonders National Juried Exhibit, Maryland Federation of Art, December, 2013.
  • Best Rural Landscape/Town Award: Easels in Frederick, June 2013.
  • 1st Place: Hammonton, NJ 6th Annual Plein Air Competition, April 2013.
  • 1st Place: April All-Media Exhibition, Capitol Hill Art League, 2013.
  • 1st Place: March All-Media Exhibition, Capitol Hill Art League, 2013.
  • Juror’s Choice Award: Winter Member Exhibit, Maryland Federation of Art, 2013.
  • Open Box M Merit Award: Third Annual Plein Air Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, 2012.
  • Artist’s Choice for Best Artist Award: Plein Air Brandywine, 2012.
  • Plein Air Magazine Merit Award: Plein Air 757, 2012.
  • John Collins Memorial Award: The American Artists Professional League 83rd Grand National Exhibition, New York, NY, 2011.
  • In The French Tradition Award: Out and About Norfolk Plein Air Competition 2011.
  • Caruso Award For Painting: “Strokes of Genius” National Show, Maryland Federation of Art, 2011.
  • Second Place: Solomons Paint the Town Quick Draw Event, 2011.
  • Best Of Show: February All-Media Show. Capitol Hill Art League, 2011.

Solo Shows

  • East Alcove Gallery, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD.  September 9 – November 1, 2013.
  • La Piccolo Roma, Meet-the-Artist, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD – December/January 2012
  • Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo, MD – November 2012.
  • VOLT Gallery, Artique Underground, Frederick, MD – September/October 2012.
  • East Gallery, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD. July 15 – September 9, 2011.
  • Members’ Gallery, Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts, VA. “The Colorful Landscape in Light and Shadow” – March 2011.
  • Member’s Gallery , Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts “Bringing in the Outside” – February 2010.

Selected Exhibitions

  • Tallinn en Plein Air Exhibition, Poska Villa, Tallinn, Estonia, 2018.
  • Rice Gallery of Fine Art 3rd Annual National Juried Plein Air Show, Overland Park, KS, 2018.
  • Washington Society of Landscape Artists at The Atheneum, Alexandria, VA, 2017.
  • Annual Members Show, The Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, 2017.
  • American Society of Marine Artists, Invitational Show at Lyme Art Association, Lyme, CT, 2017.
  • American Impressionist Society Inaugural Small Works Showcase Juried Exhibition, Randy Hibgee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA, 2017.
  • “Brush Works: oil paintings by Lynn Mehta and Jim Rehak” Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo, MD, November 12th and 13th, 2016.
  • “Vantage Points of Gray Dodson, Lynn Mehta, and Meg Walsh”,
  • Ballard Gallery, Little Washington, VA, October 22 – November 22, 2016.
  • American Impressionist Society 16th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ, 2015.
  • “Quadrants” – 4 person show, Chesapeake Fine Art Studio, Kent Island, MD, 2014.
  • Water Work: Lynn Mehta, Sally V. Parker and Barbara Stepura.  Harmony Hall Regional Center, 2013.
  • 28th Annual Invitational Oxford Fine Arts Fair, MD, 2012, 2013, 2014.
  • Invitational Show, Mattawoman Creek Art Center, MD, “Rail Trail Impressions”, showcasing the artwork of Lynn Mehta, Sally V. Parker and Barbara Stepura.
  • Works of Lynn Mehta and Sarah Griffin Thibodeaux. Philip Carter Winery of Virginia, Hume, VA.

Selected Plein Air Events

  • Mountain Maryland Plein Air Competitions – June 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018.
  • Tallinn en Plein Air, Estonia – June 2018.
  • Parrsboro Plein Air, Nova Scotia – June 2018.
  • Paint Annapolis – June 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018.
  • Chadds Ford Annual Winter Plein Air Paint Out – February 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018.
  • Hudson Valley Plein Air, October 2017.
  • Art in the Open – Wexford, Ireland,  June 2012, August 2017
  • Gloucester Invitational, May 2017.
  • Los Gatos Plein Air – June 2016.
  • Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival – June 2016.
  • BSSS Queen City Plein Air Festival – April 2016.
  • Peidmont Plein Air Paintout – September 2014, 2015.
  • Bath County Plein Air Festival – September 2014.
  • Plein Air Shenandoah Invitational – August 2014.
  • Easels in Frederick – June 2013.
  • Callaway Gardens – April 2013.
  • San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival – October 2011, 2012.
  • Plein Air 757/Out & About Norfolk Plein Air Competitions – October 2010, 2011, 2012.
  • Plein Air Brandywine Valley – September 2011, October 2012.
  • Cranford Plein Air Festival – June 2012.
  • Plein Air Coastal Delaware – May 2012.


  • Acadia National Park Artist Residency, May 2016.
  • Community Residency, The Compact C-Scape Dune Shack, Cape Cod National Seashore, November 2011.
  • Nimrod Hall Summer Arts Program for Artists, Bath County, VA. Summers 2008-12.


  • San Diego State University, emphasis Environmental Design, B.A. Art
  • workshops and classes with internationally acclaimed artist in the U.S. and abroad

Teaching Experience

Beverly Street Studio School, Staunton, VA:
“Bigger and Better Landscape Painting: Lynn Mehta”.  February 2018.

Chesapeake Fine Art Studio, Stevensville, MD:
“Saturday Mornings with Lynn: Learn, Create, Explore”. January- March 2018.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Marbury, MD:

“Plein Air Workshop”.  Identifying and translating elements of a scene that are inspiring for a successful plein air painting. June 2017.

“Bringing the Outdoors In”. Studio Workshop focusing on using memory, photographs, and outdoor sketches. May 2013.

“Landscape Painting from Photographs, Sketches and Memory”. March 2012.

Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA
Art Program Head Summer Counselor 2003-2008.
Art Director After School Program . 2003-2008.

Painting Demonstration Include:

“Painting the Impressionist Landscape” MAPAPA demo, Exmore, VA, September 2017

MAPAPA Winter Plein Air Demo at Chesapeake Fine Art Studio, January 2017.

“Painting Sunsets Quickly Plein Air”, Oxford Fine Art Fine, 2012.


  • American Impressionist Society
  • American Society of Marine Artists, Signature Member
  • California Art Club, Pasadena, CA
  • Maryland Federation of the Arts, Annapolis, MD
  • Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, Board Member, Signature Member
  • Oil Painters of America, Juried Membership
  • Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, Juried Membership
  • The American Artists Professional League, New York, NY,  Fellow
  • Washington Society of Landscape Painters, Washington, DC, Juried Membership


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