Biography

Lynn Van Dam has been established as a pen and ink and watercolor artist since 1972 and she is among that rare group of talented individuals who have earned their living solely from their art.

Her finely crafted illustrations and paintings of private residences, historic landmarks and scenic venues have established Van Dam as a popular mainstay in the Southern California arts community.  Van Dam's locally commissioned work includes well-known renderings of the Hollywood Bowl, Angels Flight, the Rose Bowl, Tournament of Roses Parade and Pasadena’s Valley Hunt Club as well as Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles and dozens of stately homes in Southern California and beyond.

Van Dam has received many honor and awards, including one-woman shows and exhibitions with the University of Southern California, Glendora Art Show, the Monrovia Arts Festival, the Los Angeles County Fair “City Art” Exhibit, the Pasadena and Monrovia Historical Museums and recently, the “Art Matters” Exhibit at the Huntington Library in San Marino.

Van Dam's art education and training were developed at Marymount High School, the Institute of European Studies in Vienna, Austria, USC (Bachelor of Fine Arts), San Francisco Art Institute, and UCI.  Her early career included teaching art, drawing, filmmaking and graphic arts at the High School and College levels.

From her studio in Monrovia where she has worked since 1977, Van Dam continues to draw inspiration from the many Victorian and Craftsman homes in the area.  She is proud to be associated with the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, the Creative Arts Group, the California Art Club, and the Monrovia Art Festival Association.  She is an active member of Women in the Arts, which supports the National Museum of Women Artists in Washington, D.C.

She resides with her husband Carl Cooper in Pasadena, overlooking the Arroyo.  Their interest in travel has resulted in numerous sketches and finished drawings of sites along the way.