Lena Thynell, PWS, PWCS, BWS, PWS


When I paint, I aim to express a feeling or a mood of the object rather than to create an exact picture.

Being outdoors, painting is very inspiring and I love it. It's a challenge to paint outdoors exposed to wind, sun, rain and even snow. My paintings come alive in a way that is quite different from those paintings created in my studio. What started as a hobby has been an important part of my life.

Lena Thynell lives with her husband nearby State College, PA. She got her education in watercolor painting at the Gerlesborg Art School in Sweden, taking week long classes over several years. This school is located north of Gothenburg on the beautiful Swedish west coast.

She is an art instructor at the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania. After a long career as a Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Midwife and Department Head in Sweden, watercolor has now become an important part of her life. She enjoys painting "en plein - air" which gives her much new inspiration. "It's a challenge to paint on location and that's what I like" Lena states.

Lena has participated in Juried Art Shows as well as solo art shows in Sweden and the United States.

Since the move to the United States, Lena has attended workshops with Skip Lawrence, Alvaro Castagnet, Andy Evansen,Vladislav Yeliseyev and Mick McAndrews.

Juried Artist representing Sweden at FabrianoInAcquarello 2019, the Watercolor community of: NORDIC COUNTRIES. 

Being a PWCS Board Member has been a great experience for me personally and artistically. It has given me important insight about all the work it takes to manage our art society. I have made new friends in the art world and especially with the fellow Board Members.

Our virtual meetings makes it possible to communicate and contribute even from a distance, this was the most compelling factor for me when I joined. The experience has given me a valuable sense of belonging and I an proud to be a part of PWCS' history.

Amish Farmland in the Winter
Lena Thynell

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