REFLECTED LIGHT DESIGNS grew out of my love of color and design and my desire to share with others the photo imagery I see when I look through the camera lens. It has given me the opportunity to create inspiring contemporary photo imagery to enhance the environments that people live and work in. I feel that a home or workplace accentuated with art helps people feel more creative in their lives even if they don't consider themselves to be artists and that an atmosphere enriched with beauty helps to nurture peace and harmony in one's life. -- Linda Payne-Sylvester, Photo Artist

"Linda Payne-Sylvester's studio shots of still life begin with ideal light and carefully arranged objects and blooms. Printed on watercolor paper, these take on a more painterly appearance at the finish, but what makes them strong is Payne-Sylvester's awareness of negative space. There's a shadow of surrealism here that comes less-so from process and more from her ability to plan a great shot." --Ann Bryant, Portsmouth Herald


Linda Payne-Sylvester graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her attraction since childhood to the printing process and the process of making multiple images led her to switch from a painting major to printmaking. From printmaking, her career path took her from commercial printing to graphic design and photography —eventually from the chemical to the digital darkroom. Her painter’s eye and graphic sense bring to her work a combination of thoughtful composition and playful artistry. Because color is an important element of her work, she enjoys doing her own printing, controlling and enhancing the colors of her photographs, working with digital cameras and printers.

Her study of photography led her to the Maine Photographic Workshops and then to a workshop taught by Ansel Adams in Yosemite, California. A highlight of her commercial photography career was co-photographing an outdoor exhibition of Anthony Caro sculptures (Anthony Caro: the York Years) for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Her photographs were featured extensively in the Museum catalog as well as in the New York Times and Art in America Magazine.

Other highlights include working as a photo researcher and photo contributor for the Christian Science Monitor, then later as staff photographer and graphic designer for its sister publications. During this time she won several awards for her magazine cover photography from The Printing Industry of America and The Art Directors Club in NYC .

During this time, Ms. Payne-Sylvester continued to pursue fine art photography and began working with the theme of light and reflection. She had a solo exhibit at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield MA, and two person shows at Gallery Naga on Newbury Street in Boston, and the Trustman Gallery at Simmons College.

Now living in Cape Neddick, Maine, she exhibits locally. Her work has been displayed at The Museums of Old York Decorator Show Houses, and her work is carried at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art gift shop.


Massachusetts Financial Services
State Street Bank
Fidelity Trust Management
Harvard Community Health Plan
Brigham & Women's Hospital

Anna Jacques Hospital, Newburyport, MA

Reliance Insurance Co.

Rivergreen Bank, York, ME
M.C. Perkins Cove Restaurant, Ogunquit