Lynne Rutter – San Francisco mural artist Lynne Rutter is widely recognized as an expert decorative painter, colorist, and fine art muralist. For inspiration, Lynne draws on her extensive world travels; the work of master artists such as Vermeer, Fra Angelico, Max Beckmann, and the patterns and textures of everything beautiful she encounters.
Lynne studied architecture and design at the University of California at Berkeley, graduating with a degree in fine art. She furthered her training by working as a scenic artist; apprenticing with several decorative painters in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Roberta Ahrens and Larry Boyce; and spent four years as paint artisan and manager for the studios of Evans and Brown Co., Inc., where she coordinated the production of large scale commercial mural work for national and international installations.
In 1990, she founded her own boutique atelier, with a mission to create ‘custom fine art murals, and super-fussy ornament, the kind you have to do by hand, and that you want to look at up-close.’ The studio offers murals, trompe l’oeil, chinoiserie, cloudscapes, gilding, painted ornament, decorative and faux finishes.
Lynne’s continuing interest in period design led her to work on a large number of historic buildings. She has participated in the restoration of the painted ornament in churches and civic buildings, as well a number of Victorians and period revival homes. Adorning a previously barren space with historic-inspired ornament has become one of Lynne Rutter’s signature looks.
In recent years her work has included more color consulting and interior design, and she has been featured as a designer in three recent San Francisco Decorator Showcase House events.