Artist Michael J. Lynch to Be Honored with PleinAir Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award
Michael J. Lynch, "A Winter's Afternoon," oil on linen, 18 x 28 in.

PleinAir magazine publisher Eric Rhoads has announced that the magazine’s highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, is being presented to artist Michael J. Lynch for 2020.

Artist Michael J. Lynch to Be Honored with PleinAir Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award
Artist Michael J. Lynch (

Lynch has been a professional artist since 1978. His work is primarily landscape and also includes marine, portrait, figure, still life, and cityscape paintings. His work appears in many corporate and private collections throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Lynch has had numerous one-man shows throughout the country and has been exhibited in, and represented by, many fine galleries, including John Pence, San Francisco; Gerald Peters, Santa Fe; and Fenn Gallery, Santa Fe.

Lynch possesses an extensive resume as a lecturer and teacher of the practice of outdoor painting (en plein air). In addition to his paintings, Lynch is well known for the handcrafted 22-karat water-gilded frames he designs and creates for some of his paintings.

Each year, PleinAir magazine recognizes an artist for their lifelong contribution to the painting arts. Rhoads will present this prestigious award to Lynch onstage during the opening ceremony of the 9th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo.

Rhoads said, “Michael J. Lynch is known as one of the finest plein air painters of our time. He is an amazing teacher and painter and it is our privilege to recognize him with PleinAir magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Lynch said, “I was extremely surprised and pleased upon learning that I had been selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Plein Air Convention. Considering the great number of artist friends and colleagues who are undoubtedly more deserving of this recognition than I am, I consider it a great honor and am deeply appreciative. Many thanks.”

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