Born in Los Angeles, California, Lynn Waltke received her BFA in Commercial Art from the University of Arizona, and later her Certificate of Elementary Education.  While teaching, Waltke created primarily with colored pencil beginning in the late ‘80s.  Once retired from teaching, she pursued her art (and passion) full-time.  Waltke now enjoys using a vast array of media including: oils, watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic, pen & ink, graphite, and clay.  She also has her Certificate of Nature Illustration from the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute.

Waltke's favorite theme is realism, focusing on birds, wildlife, botanicals. Abstracts keep her loose. "I believe fine art belongs everywhere...where we live, work, play, learn. And in every nook and cranny of our living and everyday spaces." She is an accomplished photographer, taking most of her own reference photos in the field.  Exhibiting locally and nationally, she takes pride and pleasure in donating her art to NGOs and charities that support her goals of conservation.

Waltke has lived in Arizona most of her adult life. Some years ago, she discovered the intense beauty of Colorado, along with the occasional plein air painting. More recently, she has traveled to British Columbia, Canada, discovering yet more birds and wildlife and vistas. "There is always new life around the next corner."


2018    •Vancouver Convention Center   Artists for Conservation Foundation (w/ 27th IOC Congress 2018) 
              both live and virtual exhibits   Vancouver, BC, Canada

2017    •Ironwood Gallery   Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute Annual Student Show    Tucson, AZ

2015    •Fox Tucson Theatre   Bennuval OSIRIS-REx Mission Celebration   Tucson, AZ    

            •University of Arizona Lunar & Planetary Laboratory   The Art of PlanetaryScience Tucson,AZ    

            •Little Gallery @ De Grazia Gallery in the Sun    Art of the Southwest...and More    Tucson, AZ

2014    •University of Arizona Lunar & Planetary Laboratory    The Art of Planetary Science    Tucson, AZ

             •Starr Pass Resort    Division for Planetary Science of American Astronomical Society    Tucson, AZ

             •Phoenix Airport Museum    Full Bloom     Phoenix, AZ

2013    •Phoenix Airport Museum    Birds, Blooms and Bugs     Phoenix, AZ

             •Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum      Birds in Art     Wausau, WI

             •Empire 100 Western Art Show and Sale    Tucson, AZ

2012    •Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum      Birds in Art     Wausau, WI

2011     •Mountain Oyster Club    42nd Annual Contemporary Western Art Show     Tucson, AZ

             •Cushing Arts in the Barn    with David Footer, artist     Cushing, Maine       

             •Northern Trust    “Art of the Alum & Friends”    CHS Foundation    Tucson, AZ

2010     •Agua Caliente Ranch House Gallery    Four Hands Show    Tucson, AZ

              •Long Gallery  Academy Village    Images of Nature & Imaginings    Solo Show    Tucson, AZ

2009     •Ironwood Gallery    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute Student Show    Tucson, AZ

              •Ironwood Gallery    ASDM    Cactus & Succulents Art Show   Tucson, AZ

              •Ironwood Gallery    ASDM    “Imagine That!”   Tucson, AZ

2008 - 2005  •Ironwood Gallery    ASDM Art Institute    Annual Student Show   Tucson, AZ

2002      •Sedona Art Center    CPSA 9th Annual Juried Exhibition    Sedona, AZ

2000     •Shemer Art Museum    7th Annual Exhibition of Colored Pencil Works by AZ Artists    Phoenix, AZ