About the Artist
BC Artist, Lynn Pocklington, grew up in North Vancouver and completed the Art Program at Capilano College in 1986. After 6 years in the Vancouver commercial art scene she and family moved to the Pemberton Valley and there opened her own business, Whistler Graphic Designs. Although enjoying graphics, she eventually switched her focus to Fine Art.
Lynn’s experiences exploring the rugged nature and native wildlife of the Pemberton Valley and surrounding areas for the past 16 years has greatly contributed to her vibrant watercolours and bold acrylics. What really has Pocklington’s brushes sweeping these days is her newfound love of bears.
One of her pieces from this body of work in acrylic entitled Cozy Moments illustrates a mother Grizzly bear with her cub resting on her back. The new series was inspired initially by a photo slide show presented by bear expert Charlie Russell. Upon meeting Charlie, Lynn decided to take part in her own small bear adventure into the Khutzeymateen Valley aboard the Ocean Light II north of Prince Rupert. Lynn has experienced first hand the incredible true nature of the Grizzly Bear.
Lynn is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Whistler Art Council and the Vice Chair of the Pemberton Arts Council. She donates to and participates in various charities and events. Some of which have been Blackcomb Freestyle World Cup Society, Whistler Health Care Foundation, Coast Salmon Enhancement Society and the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation. Her work is sold internationally and she takes private commissions upon approval.
After encountering the 15 or so Grizzly Bears from the Khutzeymateen Valley, I have come away with a new understanding of these beautiful animals.
As I viewed the bears in their own environment, I began to witness their true nature. I found them willing to reveal their gentle spirit and individual personalities over a course of several days. The Grizzlies shared their space with us and seemed to respond with a playful curiosity.
With a new realization of the needs and vulnerabilities of these beautiful bears, it is my hope to help break the misconceptions surrounding Grizzly Bears. This experience showed me that mutual respect and trust between man and bear will conserve this living symbol of freedom. Without it they could be lost for future generations.
In this body of work, I would like to reveal their kind spirit and almost human like qualities of the Grizzly Bear. I want to share my experiences of the emotions and antics of these wonderful bears. My intent is to engage the viewer to embark on a journey into the life of the Grizzly Bear.