Lyn has been drawing and painting as long as she can remember. Her interest in textiles and fibers began in her early twenties in Florida where she taught herself to make quilts; later, in her early thirties during a summer break from nursing school, she studied Southeastern reed basketry with a local basketmaker. After relocating to Tucson, Arizona in 1997, Lyn worked for a number of years as a labor & delivery and obstetrical research nurse, all the while taking every opportunity to explore and become increasingly enamored with the desert lands of the Southwest. In 2005, she left nursing to focus on her dream of becoming a fiber artist. After taking a natural dyeing workshop taught by a tapestry weaver, she decided to pursue the medium of handwoven tapestry. In 2006, Lyn began exhibiting her tapestries; in early summer 2007, her home studio was constructed. In 2018, a growing desire to create non-objective works in series led her to delve into mixed media collage, a genre that shares many of the tactile qualities of working with fiber, but which allows for faster exploration and implementation of ideas and inspirations. Lyn’s work in tapestry has garnered a number of awards, including three National Park artist residencies at Grand Canyon North Rim, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lee’s Ferry), and Zion, earning her the distinction of being the first tapestry weaver to participate in the National Park system’s artist-in-residence program. Her tapestries and mixed media collages, which have also begun to receive rewards, have been exhibited in both local and national venues. Lyn’s passion for and exploration of the Sonoran Desert began when she arrived in Tucson, was enhanced during a several year stint as a volunteer naturalist at Sabino Canyon Recreation Area followed by a yearlong 2018 arts fellowship at the University of Arizona’s Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill, and continues today through her wanderings in the Southwest.