As the age old folk tale goes, Lynne headed to Whistler to ski when she was 21 and never went Home. Mother of two, in 2000 Lynne moved east to Canmore to be with her fianceé, Crazy Canuck Olympic Downhill skier Dave Irwin. In the meantime, Lynne continued to do what she loved and paint and sell her artwork through galleries in Western Canada.Lynne and Dave started the Dave Irwin Foundation after Dave suffered a severe brain injury at an Extreme Skier cross event in 2001. Together they raised tens of thousands of dollars which were disbursed across Canada for education, awareness, prevention and seed grant programs and research on brain injury.
During this time, Lynne became an Ironwoman as well as racing through the Gobi and the Sahara Deserts in 7 day self supported footraces to raise money and awareness for brain injury. Having been
Artist in Residences", hosting gallery shows, and painting at TEDx - Lynne is grateful for the opportunities and the challenges.
In 2016 Lynne went looking to buy a new cycling jersey. Not finding one she liked ... she decided to design her own custom cycling apparel based on her paintings, and voila, ALCHEMY OF RIDE was born.
The line sold out.
Lynne has since designed the event cycling jersey for LIKEBIKE, the premier cycling event in Monte Carlo which supports a Foundation for Prince Albert of Monaco.
Asked to design a jersey for Eric Beugnot's (France's Olympic basketball superstar) team for 24 Hours of Velo Lemans, Lynne attended the 2017 24 Hours of Velo in LEMANS France.
After losing an adult child to the streets of Canada due to mental health issues, Lynne started the Mental-Aid Foundation to create awareness and raise funds for mental health initiatives. A portion of the profits from the sale of ALCHEMY OF RIDE will be donated to mental health programs. See www.mental-aid.com for more info.
ALCHEMY is the ancient chemistry of turning base metal into gold. THE RIDE is a metaphor Life. When life gives you lemons - make lemonade