Lyn Vik is an emerging Canadian artist who draws nature and wildlife in charcoal, pastel, graphite and colored pencil. Recently, Lyn began to paint with acrylics which she finds to be a wonderful challenge and is striving to learn the many skills required to master this medium. She enjoys painting and drawing on many different surfaces working with the varied textures for added interest. These include various papers, Bristol board, canvas and Masonite. Lyn's work has a photo-realistic quality with the intent of creating an emotional bond with the subject matter. The creative skill and imaginative nature of Lyn's work reflects her passion for the natural world and the wildlife it supports.
Lyn has a Biological Sciences Diploma and has worked in the Environmental sector for over 20 years. Much of her professional and personal interests have allowed her to study animals in both the wild and in captivity. She has no formal Arts training until she began studying acrylic painting in 2014 under Terry Isaac.
Lyn has traveled Canada from coast to coast, the U.S., Mexico and Jamaica. She has plans to visit New Zealand and Africa in the next few years.
She began showing in January 2013 in galleries local to Sherwood Park, Alberta. Her piece entitled "The Sentinel" was selected by jury to become part of the Salon Series Permanent Art Collection of Strathcona County, Alberta in 2014.
Currently I work as a Senior Environmental Technologist for an environmental consulting company specializing in Environmental Site Assessments, Reclamation and Remediation of Oil and Gas Industry well sites.
My family and I live on an acreage near Edmonton, Alberta. As an environmental scientist, I strive to teach my children land stewardship ethics. Recycling, composting, gardening, reducing our carbon footprint, where possible, and encouraging ecological conservation are but a few practices we follow.
I also worked as a "Project Wise" instructor, visiting elementary schools to educate young children on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered species (CITES). As a volunteer with the Fish and Wildlife department, I had access to many resources including flora and fauna specimens that had been seized by authorities for illegal transportation and possession. It was very fulfilling to see new generations becoming engaged in species protection.
For 3 years I volunteered with Elk Island National Park on the Trumpeter Swan Reintroduction Program.Through this program I gathered radio telemetry data on collared White-Tailed Deer to study their habitat changes during the rutting season. During my time at Elk Island, I also assisted with bison and elk handling, tagging, inoculating and preparing them for transport to larger National Parks. I was also a part of a beaver and ungulate study which focused on determining the effects of intra and interspecific browsing competition.