Lynn Jaye was born and raised in London, England and started painting at age five. She studied art at the Byam Shaw School of Painting & Drawing, the Central School of Art & Design and the Camden Arts Centre. After working in London for several years, she embarked on a seven-year voyage around the world, living and working in many interesting places and cultures. Arriving in Santa Cruz in 1981, Jaye continued her studies in art and design and then worked as an interior design consultant before becoming a full-time artist in 1990.
Jaye painted landscapes and florals in watercolor for the first seven years of her professional career, then transitioned into acrylic on canvas to paint larger works and finally returned to her first love, oil on canvas, having finally found non-toxic mediums and thinners.
Jaye's primary motif is landscape, though she has created many florals, abstracts, nudes and even some statues. She recently won the Special Juror's Award at the ARC Gallery in San Francisco, and has also won the Winsor & Newton Achievement Award, the Impact Award for Excellence, Best of Show and Poster Artist for many local art festivals. Her work has been included in exhibits at the Los Gatos Museum of Art, the Triton Museum of Art in San Jose, and the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz.