Lynn Byrne Simon
Lynn Byrne Simon



Lynn Byrne Simon was first inspired to paint when she received a set of  “Paint by Numbers” at age seven.  Growing up in a small town near Philadelphia Pennsylvania, she was always encouraged to express her artistic interests by her family.


Simon attended classes at the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia; then, after moving to New York in 1970, she studied at The New School in Manhattan, while maintaining a professional career in human resources.


In 1976, her job transferred her to Los Angeles, where she continued her art studies at Santa Monica College.  She became well known for her almost “humanized” still life oil paintings using soft tones and natural unforced highlights.  Her oils evoke a sense of home and tradition.


Recently, Simon was introduced to the wonders of pastels and a whole new world of painting has opened for her.  She decided to add some new challenges to her painting style and discovered the medium of pastels and how readily they translate into landscapes.  In 2008, she began a new chapter in her artistic career.


After only a few years using pure pigment, Lynn has become a founding member and Past President of the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast.  Lynn is a Signature Member of The Pastel of the West Coast as well as a member of the Degas Pastel Society in New Orleans and the Ventura County Pastel Artists. She has already won numerous awards for her pastels as well as found a new and growing market for her paintings.


Portraits are now her growing passion and Lynn has been exploring the beauty of the human face with her new works.



New Awards & Distinctions

June 2021

Achieved Master Circle Pastelist Level

in the International Association of Pastel Societies



April 2020

International Association of Pastel Societies

36th Juried Exhibit - Dunedin, FL


April 2020

Accepted as an Artist in Residence at

Studio Channel Island

 Camarillo, CA


Spring 2018

UART 2018 Online Pastel Competition

International Open Competition

Honorable Mention - one of eleven awards given


Pastels USA 2018

Pastel Society of the West Coast


Spring 2017

Santa Paula Society of the Arts

80th Annual Art & Photography Exhibit

Jury of Your Peers Award

Second Place Pastel Award


October 2017

Pastel Society of the West Coast

31st Annual International Open Exhibit

Jack Richeson Silver Award

Became Signature Member


October 2017

Degas Pastel Society

20th Membership Exhibition

Louisiana State Archives

Savoir Faire/Fabriano/Cretacolor Award


November 2017

Ventura County Pastel Artists

23rd Annual Fall Pastel Show

Artists Choice Award, Third Place Award


November 2015

Fox Fine Jewelry

"Purely Pastels"

Joint show with Pastelist Daggi Wallace


2014 Highlights


The Artist's Magazine

31st Annual Art Competition

Finalist - Landscape/Floral 


International Association of Pastel Societies

24th Juried Exhibition

Vose Galleries

Boston, MA


Pastel Society of America

42nd Annual Exhibition

The National Arts Club

New York, NY


Degas Pastel Society

15th Biennial National Exhibition

Garden District Gallery

New Orleans, LA


Pastel Painters of Maine

15th International Juried Exhibition

Saco Museum

Saco, ME


Memberships and Distinctions

President - Pastel Society of the Gold Coast 2011, 2012

Vice President - Pastel Society of the Gold Coast 2010, 2013,2014

Marketing Director - Pastel Society of the Gold Coast 2015 


Pastel Society of the West Coast

Degas Pastel Society - New Orleans, LA

Santa Barabara Art Association

Oil Painters of America

California Art Club

Westlake Village Art Guild

Topa Topa Plein Aire Group



January - 2015 - First Place - Westlake Village Art Guild Members Show

December - 2014 The Artist Magazine - 31st Annual Art Competion - Finalist - Landscape

November 2014 - Degas Pastel Society - 15th Biennial National Exhibition - New Orleans

Sept 2014 - Pastel Society of American - 42nd Annual Exhibition, The National Arts Club, New York

May 2014 - International Association of Pastel Societies - 24th Juried Exhibition - Vose Galleries, Boston

April 2013 - Westlake Village Art Guild - Open Juried Show - 3rd place pastels
July 2012 - Semana Nautica - Cabrillo Pavillion - Santa Barbara - 2nd place

April 2012 - "Preserving Native California" - UCSB Faculty Club - CCBER - 2nd place pastels 

July 2010 – “Passion for Pastels – People’s Choice Award

March 2010 – Santa Paula Art and Photography Exhibit – 3rd place Pastels

Oct 2009 – “Artscapes” Pastel Society of the Gold Coast – 2nd place

April 2008 – Westlake Village Art Guild Juried show – 1st place Oils

April/May 2005 – Westlake Magazine – feature article

2004 – Thousand Oaks Art Walk 3rd place

2001 – Westlake Village Art Guild Show – 3rd place

2000 –Camarillo Art Center– Best of Show

2000 –Los Angeles Design House



Workshops and Classes

Tony Allain - Pastel

Lorenzo Chavez - Pastel

Daggie Wallace - Pastel Portraits

Mian Situ - oil

Meredith Brooks Abbott – oil

Allayn Stevens – oil

Jove Wang – oil

Thomas Van Stein – oil

Libby Tolley – oil/pastel

Bert Collins – pastel

Richard McKinley – pastel

Brenda Mattson - pastel