THOM 7 | Fall / Winter 2016


Written by

Todd Wilkinson

Photographed by

Alicia Osborne

& Lyn St. Clair

A near life-sized black bear, maybe 500 pounds, rises from her easel on its hinds.

Nearby, the vision of a red fox, peering through a wild bouquet of Carolina

Jasmine, appears to hold the light of Old World masters. Soon, the bruin will be

bound for a collector’s wall and the vixen headed to Thomasville, where painter

Lyn St. Clair is the featured painter at the 2016 Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival.

I ask Lyn where the inspiration for her animal paintings comes from.

“Get in,” she says. “Let’s go for a ride.”

As I climb into the cab of Lyn’s pickup, I take note of the special Montana license

plate on the bumper, with the letters “T-R-U-E” perched above “Women of the

West.” Lyn has on pointy cowboy boots, blue jeans and a flannel shirt. She has a

pile of saddle tack in the truck bed and her painting hands are firm and slightly


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