Lyn Mason-Norman

Artist - in - Residence

4.2.08 - 8.2.09

The Neil Street Gallery

Lyn Mason-Norman

Lyn Mason-Norman is an emerging artist, residing in Bundeena, and over a long career of professional and business roles, she has managed to foster and develop her passionate creativity in both music and art - quite an achievement.

A trained social worker and organisational psychologist, Lyn worked for 20 years in the health field - from RPAH (where Ellie worked as a doctor at the same time) through to St. George Hospital, to 12 years establishing Community Health counselling and support services in the southern region of Sydney. She also conducted her own private practice in the southern part of Sydney for many years.

It was during this time that Lyn indulged her passionate need to explore music - she was first a piano student and then a piano teacher, and undertook modern dance classes over a period of 10 years. Her musical talent was further expressed in the mid 1990s, when she joined the Honeybees Acapella Choir as a singer (remaining with them to this day). In 2002 she took on the role of Conductor of the Bundeena Acapella Choir, Southern Comfort, began travelling the world with her husband Roger, and completed the formal. course in Jazz Vocal performance at the NSW Conservatorium of Music.

Moving from health into the Corporate world, at the end of the 1980s, Lyn established three very successful companies, offering people skills and strategies to large international clients.

As if all the business work and music were not enough, Lyn "balanced her life" by undertaking Art History courses at the NSW Art Gallery and completed formal tuition through various tutors in painting and drawing in the mid 1990s. She then enrolled in the Diploma of Fine Arts at Southern Sydney TAFE Art School in 2004 where she was taught by gifted teachers, some of whom reside in Bundeena. She completed 4 years of study at the end of 2007, having specialised in Painting and Photography.

Throughout this 10 year period, Lyn has exhibited many times in the Sutherland Shire. Her work is currently held by families in Singapore, Italy, Russia and the UK, as well as locals. She has spent the last 2 years working on her Bundeena Icons series of portraits of self-sacrificing Bundeena residents - although an icon herself - and has also painted some beautiful pictures of music in art.

Lyn was delighted to be able to move into the artist studio below the Neil Street Gallery, to be once again associated with Ellie Smith and her vision.