She worked in art illustration for 20 years before leaving that career and opening her own art gallery in Stratford, Ont, called the Turquoise Dolphin. Then in 1997, she and her artist-husband Carl Bell, bought property on the Bruce Peninsula, built a home, and moved there permanently. They live there year round and have their studio and gallery, Dragonfly Ridge Studio. Lin teaches watercolour workshops there and continues to paint and work in art.
In 2011, Lin was elected in as a signature member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, CSPWC, and in May, 2013, Lin was appointed as the CSPWC's Central Ontario Regional Director. In 2016 Lin was elected into the Society of Canadian Artists SCA as a signature member.
Lin’s watercolour "Spirit Regeneration" was awarded the Curry's Daler Rowney Award at the 2007 Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour Juried Exhibit.
“Ancient Witness II” , watercolour and ink by Lin, was chosen to be published in SPLASH 10: Passionate Brushstrokes, published by F+W Publishing. It features water colours by some of the top artists in North America and can be purchased at Dragonfly Ridge Studio or at other book stores across North America.
Lin’s watercolour “Escarpment Spirits: Owl, Fish and Wolf” was awarded First Prize at the 2008 Bruce County Museum Juried Art Show. The watercolour becomes part of the permanent collection of Bruce County and will be on display at one of its municipal buildings. This is the second painting that is now part of the Bruce County permanent collection.
Founding and current member of the Bruce Peninsula Society of Artists
Founding and current member of the Bruce Peninsula Artists Coop Gallery, Ferndale, Ont.
Past Member of Southampton Art Gallery and instructor at the Southampton Art School, Southampton, Ont.
Elected a full member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour in 2011
Regional Director for Central Ontario of the CSPWC
Elected into Society of Canadian Artists in 2016.
Elected member of Colour and Form Society.
Works in collections of ( Short List) : IMAX Corporation; Stratford General Hospital; Bruce County Permanent Collection; The Rick Hanson Foundation; CFPL TV; Esso Corporation; Permanent Collection of CSPWC, plus private collections throughout the world.
CARL BELL works in printmaking, photography, sculpture, stained glass, and watercolours. His work has been exhibited in Ontario, British Columbia, and New Mexico. He is a member of the Bruce Peninsula Society of Artists.
Carl works from his studio at Dragonfly Ridge near Lion's Head, Ontario Canada. He has an interest in the environment, solar energy and green building techniques. All the buildings at Dragonfly Ridge were built by Carl - one huge installation art piece!