Born into the Beaver Clan and adopted into the Eagle, Lyle Wilson’s first artistic influence was his uncle, Sam Robinson. He did not pursue art as a profession until he attended the University of British Columbia. At that time, he was committed to a career in art education, but he found time spent in the studio more compelling.
Lyle eventually left UBC to pursue his own artistic interests at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. He graduated with a diploma in printmaking and expanded into woodcarving and jewelry later on.
As long-time artist in residence at the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology, Lyle has been involved in many exhibitions and public projects through that relationship. Although not as well known on the commercial art market, Lyle has been carving wood and making fine jewelry for many years.