“…when I finished it I looked at it and smiled. I recognized it as the place where I live and the lovely pink morning sky, with the sun’s yellow rays on the horizon. It is my heart place.” –Lynn Capell, Puako, water based paints on canvas 2021

On Saturday March 30, 2024, beloved artist Lynn Capell passed away after a sudden traffic accident in the Waikoloa area. She was 72. The Mill ʻohana is deeply saddened to hear of this loss and would like to extend our sincerest condolences, love and aloha to Lynn’s friends and ʻohana. We are all so grateful for the love and light she shared with us through her smile and beautiful artworks through the decades.

Lynn grew up in Florida, studied fine arts at Florida State University, and after spending years working in seaside locations around the world—Italy, Brazil, New Zealand and Panama’s Taboga Island–she made Hawaiʻi her home for 25 years.

Lynn participated in the Mill’s first work day on August 25, 2001, right before we opened our doors to the public. She quickly became part of the hui by teaching painting, drawing and plein air classes, and took almost every painting and printmaking workshop the Mill offered. Her paintings were seemingly effortless as she graced the canvas with fluid brushstrokes, vibrant but earthy color schemes. Her landscapes were suggestive but representational, naturally mimicking the environment she loved while immersing you into those places. Her work has been an inspiration to many in the art community. “Put simply, painting soothes my soul.” –Lynn Capell.

Only a few weeks ago, at a Donkey Mill potluck lunch in the community kitchen, Lynn spoke of her belief in the power of art to heal, inspire, and bring joy. She has been featured in the Donkey Millʻs Annual Art Auctions for decades and has generously donated her artworks in support of the Mill’s mission and vision.

She will be deeply missed, yet she will live on through her artwork, the people and places she loved most. To explore more of Lynn’s artwork, please visit her Instagram and Blog.