Born in New Westminster, Lyle Longstaff did not intend to become an artist. He attended Semiahmoo High School and worked outdoors in construction and farming industries. These years of experience honed his deep awareness of natural beauty and the rhythm of the seasons as they unfold.
After an industrial accident, he was unable to work for several months. This is when he took up painting for the first time, and his innate talent was immediately recognized.
Lyle paints and draws because he loves it. He studied with Vee Hansen and the late Dale Germain and has developed his own clear, clean style in his portrayals of seascapes, landscapes, flowers and wildlife. He works in oil and acrylic. Lyle enjoys flower gardening, camping, hiking and fishing, and while he is engaged in these activities, his painter’s eye is constantly seeking out more inspiration for his art. He is rarely without his camera.