Local Artist featured in landmark Chinese Celebration

Capricorn Coast artist Lyn Diefenbach is one of 5 invited international artists currently presenting and demonstrating at China’s Centenary of Pastel celebration in Suzhou. 

Keeping it local, Lyn has chosen the Bombax flowers on Moores Creek Road in Rockhampton as her demonstration painting.

Her invitation comes after having works selected for the last 2 international exhibitions run by the China Pastel Network and the reputation as an artist, teacher and mentor over many years.

Speaking to her husband Ken Diefenbach (former CQUniversity lecturer) on the phone from China on Friday morning, Lyn said she is proud to be representing her home and experiencing “an overwhelmingly humbling experience to be a part of such a landmark event in an amazingly beautiful place”.

Lyn spent 5 weeks earlier this year in the US running workshops, painting in Yellowstone National Park and attending the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) Biennial Convention where her 2 hour demonstration was a big hit with the artists there. On returning home Lyn was notified that she has now received IAPS’ highest award – that of Eminent Pastellist. Up to that point (and the award was first given in 2013) only 15 artists across the world had gained that status. 

Next year Lyn’s travels take her to teach in Alaska and Switzerland as well as across 4 states in Australia.

Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll said “Lyn is so humble yet her passion for art and her community needs to be promoted and celebrated.  We are so very proud Lyn’s many achievements and pay tribute to this incredible milestone in her career.”

For more on Lyn go to www.ldief.com

“Bubbling Over” – Pastel 45 x 72 cm
Lyn demonstrating in an International Pastel Salon in France 2018
Lyn in Aubeterre, France, 2018
“Reflecting in Paris” 42 x 56 cm

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