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Lynda Best

For me, everything in nature is moving energy and that is part of my spirituality. The water and flowers are constantly changing because of our mountain seasons. I use acrylic in a modern impressionistic style with entrancing outlines and colors that “freeze” the movement and constant change found in the nature of Beautiful Tennessee.


I was born in Wichita, Kansas, yet moved around the South as I grew up. I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. I completed the following degrees: B.A. Art Education at George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, M. A. in Educational Austin Peay State University and ED.S in Educational Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.

I have taught private art lessons, been a part-time Art teacher in 4 different public schools, worked at Cheekwood over 30 years ago when I first graduated and did a CCap program with the public schools (lived in Nashville 8 years then moved to the Tellico River and mountains). I helped start MACA (Monroe Area Council Arts) in Monroe County. I taught 4 1/2 years for the Tennessee Arts Commission in the Sweetwater City School System.

I was Artist-In-Residency at Waterhouse Pavillion in Chattanooga with AVA, and participated in one or two person’s shows throughout Atlanta, Georgia; Dalton Georgia; shows in Nashville, Cumberland and many places in Tennessee including the Oak Ridge Art Museum. I presently am exhibiting at Knoxville Art Market, Illuminations (Knoxville), Tellico Arts Center (Tellico Plains), and River Impressions (Tellico Plains)
When teaching, I had always painted every weekend and, after teaching 36 years, I retired May 2014!!! Now, I have had time to focus on all aspects of my art career including social media besides the meditative creation part. I am so so blessed and grateful to be able to be full time with my painting and my many creative interests.