CountyAnne Arundel County
Media Arts, Traditional Arts, Visual Arts
Artist StatementAfter years of experimenting with different tools, torches, and techniques I've developed an authentic style of pyrography on wood surrounded by controlled stain sometimes with a touch of pigment and scorched borders. My unique combination allows the image to leap forward from the grain. My control allows precision fine art detail, free flow lettering, and unites the elements of art.
MW Flynn III was born on the Delaware Peninsula in 1986 surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, Delaware River, and local estuaries. Flynn grew up fishing the local waters throughout the mid-Atlantic; casting lures in local ponds, charter fishing in coastal towns from Ocean City Maryland to Plum Island Massachusetts, and crabbing from any pier or bridge available.
At a young age he was captivated by his grandfather Martin Flynn Sr oil painting in his brisk dim cellar watching reruns of Bob Ross The Joy of Painting using landscape calendars for reference. By high school Flynn was heavily involved in multiple mediums including ceramics, oil paints, acrylic paints, and mixed media. His bedroom walls were constantly covered in art from wall to wall to glow in the dark ceiling murals. He served as a Forward Observer stationed in Fort Sill Oklahoma and Schofield Barracks Hawaii, a combat veteran of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Since Flynn has spent six years at sea exploring several commercial fisheries throughout the Pacific Ocean from Nome Alaska to the Marshall Islands. In 2010 he began commercial illustration for local silk screening companies in Waipahu Hawaii continuing to expand his full potential as an artist. The following year he commissioned several pyrography series through a handful of local Oahu clientele completing three hundred hand burned and finished wood plaques in two calendar years. In 2015 Flynn became a Hawaii state licensed tattooist committed to practicing and perfecting his work in nearly every medium. His focus is Illustrative Fisheries & Wildlife, while studying modern Asian tattoo design, science illustration, and Polynesian & Indigenous Aesthetics.
In addition to being a professional artist; Flynn is a military husband, father of two sons, volunteer, intellect, and an avid outdoorsman enjoying frequent free-diving, kayaking, fishing, hiking, camping, and road trips. A member of Na Kane O Ke Kai (Hawaiian Watermen), Schofield Barracks Memorial Association, Heroes on the Water, and Mensa Society; he has a respectful approachable presence ready to research and submerse himself in the subjects his clients take interest in.