Lynden Beesley was raised in the English, Surrey country-side where she developed a love for art from an early age. In 1975, she emigrated to Canada with her husband and two daughters. For twenty years, she practised podiatry in Winnipeg. In 1997, Lynden moved to Eastern Ontario to formally pursue a career in art at Queen’s University. She graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts specializing in printmaking and sculpture.
Lynden is based in the Okanagan. She is active in its art community. Currently Lynden is president of the Kelowna Sculptors Network Society, a docent at the Kelowna Art Gallery for the “Art in Site”program and a member of the Ars Longa artists group with whom she exhibits regularly. Her sculptural work is produced at The Sculptures in Progress Studio in the Rotary Centre for the Arts, Pyramid Bronze works and her home studio Atelier Pom
During the summer of 2003 Lynden was a commissioned sculptor for the Sculpture on Main Symposium in Westbank. The summer of 2005 she sculpted in marble with the Kelowna Sculptors Network for their Centennial Project “Connecting Links” Fruitopia was chosen as one of the favourites. Her recent solo gallery exhibitions have been in Kelowna, Salmon Arm, Vernon, Summerland and Kingston, Ontario.
Lynden’s work represents a personal exploration of culture and identity. Her sculptures, often in bronze are informed by the intriguing stories and myths upon which western identities are founded. The pomegranate is her enduring symbol. For Lynden, identity is multi-layered and multi-faceted like a pomegranate. Lynden’s recent masks celebrate the foliage of the valley and explore the associated legends. Each mask is created in wax and then bronzed. Each is an original creation.