Renee Lammers

Why do you paint with oils on copper?  This is the question Lammers is frequently asked.  She tells them the story of living in an airstream RV at a Maine campground surrounded by aluminum metal for 2 1/2 years.  "If you lived in a tin can like this for that amount of time during two Maine winters, you would paint on metal too!"

Seriously, though, Lammers was inspired by a painting at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.  This oil on copper painting was done by Frans Snyder in 1622.  At first Lammers was amazed at the luminous surface of the painting.  Lammers was impressed at the pristine condition of this painting.   She read the label, "Oil on Copper" and bells went off! 

A year later she was in Holland visiting museums.  She saw hundreds of copper paintings all in pristine condition for their age.  Her Dutch husband Robert, asked the museum currator about the copper paintings.  She told him there is never any conservation efforts needed because of the archival quality of copper.  

Robert purchased the only book about copper paintings produced by the Phoenix Museum of Art called "Copper As A Canvas".  This book described three different techniques used by Dutch masters.  The book also told how the coefficient of expansion of the oil paint and copper are almost identical.  This is why there are never any cracks in these paintings.  When the temperatures of the room fluctuate the copper and the oil paint expand and contract together.  Oil and copper are the perfect marriage.

Lammers began painting at the age of four in oils with her Mother being her first painting teacher.  She studied privately with many great painters all over the world.  She studied Fine Art at Stetson University in Deland, Florida but graduated with her Pre-Med degree in Biology.  She was fortunate to study privately for months with Stapleton Kearns in Maine who showed her how to paint the New England landscape.  Lammers is primarily a plein air painter who studies the quality of light at different times of the day, seasons, and weather conditions.  

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