Lynn B. Starnes

Lynn B. Starnes

I am the owner of Great Wildlife Photos, LLC which provides photographs, framed and unframed, calendars and notecards to customers who love to be surrounded by my stunning landscapes and relaxed, natural wildlife. I started this business in 1996. As an ecologist, I have worked with wildlife doing research or field studies or managing them. Ecologists don’t retire they live and breathe to be in the out-of-doors. Great Wildlife Photos’ customers benefit from my drive to learn more about animals. The result is that my photos continue to improve. I love to provide photo tours so that many customers can see antelope, coyotes or wild horses for the first time.

In July 2018, I opened a gallery in Nevada marketplace in Reno Town Mall, 4001 S Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89502.

This year’s ROS donation for the UNR student scholarship is 100% donation. This piece has a wild stallion running towards water and a small herd that was at a small pool. This image is a limited-edition, fine art print of 20. The artist proof will be the donation item. The winner can also exchange for a numbered print.

              Artist Statement

I have worked as an ecologist for almost forty years. I started my career in the 1970’s working to return surface coal mines to their original contours under the new laws of that time. Talk about taking textbook theory, learning how to apply principles innovatively, and then waiting to see if they worked!

My work has allowed me to explore the wildest habitats in North America, Africa, and South America. I have been privileged to work to re-establish several endangered species, and that has allowed me candid photographs of them. The advantage of being a biologist first and a photographer second is my knowledge of animal behavior and habitats. I see animals I am studying eating, sleeping, mating, and even playing.

I consider myself to be an “ambush photographer.” Unlike a studio photographer who takes human portraits, I cannot “pose” my animals for that perfect photograph. I joke that I don’t make as much money as a studio photographer but my animals never complain that I made them look fat or their butts too large! So, I must make my animal photographs through great patience and basically waiting for the animal to exhibit postures that I think are expressive. Timing is of great importance. The expression of the animal, such as the eyes looking directly into the lens, or the position of the body, will make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful photograph. When I am watching an animal through my camera, I look for a specific combination of head, legs (or wings), and eyes, in hopes of recording a scene that I think is “perfect.” Knowing when to take that photo is difficult, as most animals have eyes or ears that are always in motion—ever alert for that sign of danger. The longer that I am with an animal, the greater the opportunity for me to get an intimate photograph as the animal begins to get used to my presence. Sometimes, being motionless and passing up early photographs of the animal is my key to great photographs.

Determination, persistence, skill, and of course luck, are all factors in whether the images captured are unique and expressive or not. Hopefully, I can inspire you to love these wild animals that have been my life and to inspire you to help conserve these wild animals and their habitats for future generations.


Click image for full size.

Lynn Starnes Jaguar Sneak
Jaguar Sneak
Lynn Starnes African Lion
African Lion
Lynn Starnes Approaching Mountain Lion
Approaching Mountain Lion
Lynn Starnes Bright Eyed Wolf
Bright Eyed Wolf
Lynn Starnes Tiger's Intensity
Tiger’s Intensity
Lynn Starnes Midas, NV
Midas, NV
Resting Chukar Lynn B. Starnes
Resting Chukar
Are You Mom Lynn B. Starnes
Are You Mom
Nevada Beauty Lynn B. Starnes
Nevada Beauty
2 Desert Bighorn Sheep Bedding Lynn B. Starnes
2 Desert Bighorn Sheep Bedding
Lynn B. Starnes Timber Wolf Howling
Timber Wolf Howling
Lynn B. Starnes Rams In Heights
Rams In Heights
Lynn B. Starnes Heavy Snow East Pyramid Lake
Heavy Snow East Pyramid Lake
Lynn B. Starnes Rearing Wild Pinto
Rearing Wild Pinto
Lynn B. Starnes Eye Of The Beholder
Eye Of The Beholder
Lynn B. Starnes Elk Cow With Newborn
Elk Cow With Newborn
Lynn B. Starnes Cross Legged Colt
Cross Legged Colt
Lynn B. Starnes  Colorado River at Sunset
Colorado River at Sunset
Starnes Lynn Burros1 Rgb
  • Ying grew up in Beijing, China with a very strong interest in art early in her life. She decided to study landscape architecture as a way of incorporating her passion for art while pursuing a practical career. She received her masters in Landscape Architecture from Beijing University of Forestry and soon after immigrated to the United States.

  • I come from a long line of innovators, so it is not surprising to find me as a non- traditionalist painter. My work ranges from impressionism to abstraction to even surrealism depending on what mysteries happen in my studio. Sometimes I feel as if a metaphysical force is guiding me as I don’t think about my work but work before I think. Images evolve and a story forms that are then developed through materials and techniques which are redefined with composition, bold color, texture, line and shape. The excitement of the unknown is stimulating and makes me wonder, who is really painting?

  • Kay Tietz is a watercolor artist living in Sparks, Nevada since 2001. Kay started exploring watercolor nine years ago when her daughter left for college. She realized that she loved watercolor’s luminosity and spontaneity, and discovered that sometimes watercolor even has a mind of its own which is quite exciting!

  • Pam Sutton creates handmade art glass and jewelry. She believes in elegance through simplicity, with designs that reflect harmony with nature and the occasional sly sense of humor.

  • I started my career as a professional artist in 1962 as a staff artist for the Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper in Riverside, California. I worked as a commercial artist for newspapers and art agencies for 12 years. During that time I also worked as a fine artist, painting in oil. I painted commissions for many years and I continue to paint commissions.

  • At Meridian Press, up the big hill from the Truckee River and in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Katherine Case carves linoleum blocks, hand-sets metal type and prints on an antique SP-15 Vandercook proof press. She calls up inspiration from the traditional textile patterns of Africa, Asia, and the Pacific; from poetry and music; from her two small children and from the diverse and abundant landscapes of the Reno-Tahoe area.

  • Ever since Mike was a child, he wanted to be an artist. Growing up in Iowa, Mike was always doing something artistic – he was constantly drawing – especially horses which he still loves to do, carving images of horses in soap, and doing other childhood art projects. Mike took art classes all through his school years. His love and appreciation of the beauty of nature was fostered by his father who was an avid outdoorsman.

  • I am a graduate of UCLA with a degree in studio art. While at UCLA I studied with Richard Diebenkorn, who greatly influenced my development at an artist.

  • Vicki is a watercolor artist and fabric quilter. She began to draw, color and paint as a child, took photos with her Kodak box camera and began to sew at age 11. She experimented with acrylic painting, throwing pottery, flower arranging and sewed most clothes.

  • Nationally exhibiting glass artist, Jessica Schimpf (b. 1987) graduated with her degree in Sculpture from the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011.

  • I enjoy designing landscapes, flora and fauna and hope to start adding structures and building in my quilts soon.

  • My name is Jim Annis and I am the owner of Your Family Rocking Chair. I am building a legacy for my family and yours, based on the values of family, fine craftsmanship and heirloom quality furniture.

  • JoAnn Lippert travels the world combining a passion for adventure travel and photography. Her passion for mountain climbing, trekking and whitewater rafting has taken her to all corners of the earth.

  • I think that for an artist to write about why they make art is a bit like trying to grasp the wind. Growing up, art had always been a subject that defied boundaries and resisted easy attempts at bringing my subjects into sharp focus. In 2014 that all changed for me.

  • Eileen Fuller considered herself an “artist” with a love for painting and drawing even before starting elementary school. It took her many years, raising two children and completing a 30+ career in banking before she switched to her right-brain love.

  • The big Nevada skies, the rainbow of western mountain ranges and the huge palette of summer flower are the inspirations for my silk paintings.

  • While continuing to paint and work in various forms of sculpture, my current focus is in papermaking and related fiber and book arts. Visitors to my Studio will have the opportunity to become personally involved in the process of making Handmade Paper from start to finish.

  • Making hand built pots is my passion. As I start a series of pots, I play with textures to figure out which ones to use. The big slab of clay is like a texture sketch pad. Sometimes the textures suggest a shape; other times I start knowing what kind of pot I want to make. The exploration of possibilities allows me to find new ways to make form and texture relate in a functional piece.

  • To me, realism is magic. Not only is the artist working with abstraction of design and color, but also with dimensionality. To create the illusion of depth and form on a flat surface is to observe, understand and recreate the physical aspects of light.

  • I have worked as an ecologist for almost 40 years. I started my career working with surface mining in the 1970’s as return to original contour became the law of the land.

  • My art consists of copper and brass media; it varies from flowers and plants to trays, plates, bowls, and wall hangings. Most of the materials have been rescued from the salvage yard.

  • Kathryn is a lifelong Reno resident. She has considered herself an artist from a very young age with a God-given Talent. She is primarily a watercolor artist but frequently dabbles in pastels and acrylic abstracts along with her love for drawing.

  • As a landscape photographer, I consider myself so fortunate to live in Reno – on the edge of the Great Basin, a place of unique unparalleled beauty and visual depth. My interest in photography began in childhood as I watched my dad take umpteen photos of all his kids and develop them carefully in a darkroom he built in our little bathroom. But I discovered the real joy of taking photos for myself in 1997, when I borrowed my dad’s 1958 Exacta camera and on a clear night photographed Comet Hale Bopp from the shores of Washoe Lake. Though those photos were rudimentary (see photo below), I was hooked. From then on I started to see and experience the world around me through the lens of a camera. What started as a fun pastime became a serious hobby and, eventually, an avocation.

  • I was born in Germany and prior to making Reno my home, I have lived in India and Canada. I have been a textile artist for 30 years and my work has been exhibited in Nevada and Washington. Recently I have been exploring the Japanese KUMIHIMO Technique. When designing each piece, special attention is given to the selection of the stone, colors and the type of fibers to be used for the braided necklace to best compliment each stone. Each work is one of a kind and therefore it is impossible to replicate. The same technique can also be used to create beaded bracelets and necklaces. I have also started to work with Precious Metal Clay and have created 999% silver pendants.

  • Mary Love Artist statement I have always loved to working with my hands and creating art. For many years I worked with dichroic glass. When I retired I decided to learn a new medium and started working in the lapidary shop. The stones soon lead me to working with metal, which I love. I currently focus on silver fabrication which is very challenging and enjoyable. I find the making of small component pieces the most rewarding, especially small flowers and leaves.

  • After spending most of my life in Atlanta, Ga. I moved to Reno, Nv in 2010. I have a studio in Franktown Corners in Reno and enjoy artists friends I have met since I joined the Sierra Watercolor Society and The Latimer Art Club. Pastel is my passion but I also do watercolor and collage. Starting with a watercolor class in 1979 I have studied with many nationally recognized teachers including Albert Handell, Sally Strand, Tom Lynch, Elsie Dresch, and many others. I have been a Signature Member of the prestigious Pastel Society of America since 1997. Also, have been a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society and The Atlanta Artists Center AWARDS: Over 40 international, national and local awards in Atlanta in juried shows including.

  • I’ve always enjoyed doing all kinds of craftwork from working with wood and needlework to beading and glass. I’ve been hooked on glass since the 1980’s when I took my first stained glass class.