2018 Kentucky Derby Poster Artist, Lynn Bayus, (formerly Lynn Dunbar) has always enjoyed the beauty of nature in the Great Lakes area and the Ohio River where she often plein air paints. She received an undergraduate degree from Purdue University, a master’s degree from University of Louisville and worked in advertising agencies and corporate marketing, prior to picking up the paintbrush. She was raised in Hobart, Indiana, and now lives in Louisville Kentucky, with her husband. They enjoy family gatherings with their 5 children collective. For fun she hikes and bikes the areas she paints, practices yoga, and volunteers in various capacities for Norton Children’s Hospital.
Her distinctive work highlights strong composition, expressive brushwork, and colorful use of oil paints.
Lynn has won numerous local and national honors including a Purchase Award at the American Impressionist Small Works Show 2019 at the Crooked Tree Gallery, a Purchase Award Indiana Heritage Arts 2017, Best in Show Louisville Women’s Club 2012, Merit Award Salon International 2011. She has participated in, and won awards at “paint-outs” on the local and national level, and is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society, Indiana Plein Air Painters and Painters of the Bluegrass. Her work is featured in the Painting Indiana Book Editions 2 and 3.
Her commissions include the label of the 2018 Woodford Reserve Bourbon Holiday Bottle, 2018 Kentucky Derby and Oaks Posters, and she was featured in the August/September Plein Air Magazine and 2018 November edition Voice Magazine cover. Her work is displayed in corporate collections including Owensboro Hospital, Verizon Corporate, Omni Hotel, PNC Bank, and Commonwealth Bank.