"In the end it's not the drama I'm seeking, but the stillness that follows."
Lydia, age 27, is a Dutch artist who thoroughly fell in love with Norway, her inhabitants and her awe-inspiring nature. The past year she’s been travelling full-time, so instead of the giant paintings she used to make, she started experimenting with smaller sizes and the effects of oil-paints on paper. This made way for surprising new techniques and beautiful results.
The core of her work is about the balance of drama and stillness, which she so strongly experiences in Norway’s nature. She expresses this with landscape paintings. Some are figurative, others almost completely abstract. Sometimes she starts with reference photos, others are coming from deep emotions and often depict strong colours and a dramatic use of paints.
The horses on wood were a project from 2017. After living close to a herd of 20 horses she realised that these beautiful creatures are the perfect embodiment of power and gentleness combined - or - as she calls it: powerful stillness.
Capturing your moment
Remember that vacation in Tuscany? The sun streaming over the hills, the silence while enjoying your morning cappuccino, the subtle scent of the bricks warming up.
Or what about that once in a lifetime trip to lapland? The cold pricking in your nose, the spectacle of northern lights above you, the huskies whining in the background.
Or do you remember that day in the spring, in the park on the other side of the road? The song of the birds, the gentle breeze, the flowers just starting to bloom.
What if I could turn this memory for you in a beautiful painting?