Artist

Wandering Soul

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  Based out of Sedona, AZ  

I am a contemporary landscape oil painter inspired by wilderness. In 2015 I graduated from Pratt Institute of Art & Design, NY, with a BFA in painting. My thesis work aimed to convey a merging of Abstract Expressionism and The Hudson River School Painters. Not too long after I lived off the land on an organic farm in Vermont for several years, deepening my connection to nature through yurt life, gardening, and plein air painting. This time was also spent healing and recovering from a major accident that forever changed my life. I found that surrendering myself to nature and getting out of my own way in both my mind, and in my art, was what I needed most. 

I left to travel North America in a Volkswagen bus with my partner that brought us eventually to Sedona, Arizona, where I now live and paint. Here I paint outdoors frequently and am represented by The Wyatt Gallery. Occasionally I create studio paintings based on reference material gathered in the field. My paintings channel the divine energy of sacred land, and my profound reverence for it. 

I would describe my work as highly chromatic, loose, impressionistic, bold, with hints of abstraction. I see my paintings as thoughtful conversations with mother earth, the largest living and breathing organism known to mankind. I believe oil paintings can transform interior spaces and awaken the soul – the inner and outer temples of the human body.

Representation

2021-Present The Wyatt Gallery at Hillside Plaza, Sedona, Arizona

Education 

2022 Sonoran Desert Plein Air Painting Workshop with Artist Bill Cramer (Oil Painters of America Signature Member)
2021 Sedona Plein Air Painting Workshop with Artist Bill Cramer (Oil Painters of America Signature Member)
2021 Grand Canyon: Painting From The Rim, Workshop with Artist Bill Cramer (Oil Painters of America Signature Member)
2015 BFA, MAJOR IN PAINTING, PRATT INSTITUTE, BROOKLYN, NYC
SELECTED GROUP & JURIED EXHIBITIONS 
2022- Juried Tailgate Paint Out, Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, AZ
2021- Scapes and Scope: Visions of the Land, Sea, and Urban Space, Huntington Beach Arts Center, Huntington Beach, CA
2019 Landscape; Urban and Rural, The Brick Lane Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2018 En Plein Air painting festival exhibition, vermont institute of natural science, quechee, VT
2018 Barn Art, Compass Music and Arts Center, Brandon, VT
2018 Fresh Perspective, Vermont Emerging Artists Juried Show, Frog Hollow, Burlington, VT
2017 dark matter, The s.p.a.c.e. gallery, Burlington, VT
2016-2019 show14-show32, The Front Gallery, Montpelier, VT
2015 BLIND SPOTS: THESIS PAINTING EXHIBITION, East Hall Gallery,  PRATT INSTITUTE, Brooklyn, NYC
2014 CHROMASCOPE, THE CENTER FOR THE HOLOGRAPHIC ARTS, LIC, NYC
2014 EAT CLAY KILL, STEUBEN GALLERY, PRATT INSTITUTE, Brooklyn, NYC
2012 SPECULATIVE ALCHEMY, LIVE ARTISTS STUDIO, MILWAUKEE, WI
2011 FURTHER PAINTING SHOW, Heimbold arts center at SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE, BRONXVILLE, NY
Fine arts work EXPERIENCE
2016-2019 Artist Member owner at the Front Gallery, Montpelier, VT
2016 Pottery Studio Assistant at Beth Mueller Inc, Barre, VT
2015-2017 ARTIST MEMBER AT THE BLINKING LIGHT GALLERY, PLAINFIELD, VT
2013-2014 CURATOR/ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATIVE INTERN FOR THE CENTER FOR THE HOLOGRAPHIC ARTS, LIC, NY
2014 ART HISTORY TEACHER’S ASSISTANT, PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAM, SCHOOL OF CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL STUDIES, PRATT INSTITUTE
RECOGNITION AND AWARDS
2018 2nd Place Quick Paint competition, En Plein Air painting festival, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, VT
2012-2015 PRATT PRESIDENTIAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP, pratt institute of art & design, Brooklyn, NYC
PRESS
2019 “Creativity, Intentional Living, & Slowing Down; An Interview with Artist Lydia Gatzow,” The Good Heart Life Blog, Worcester, VT
2018 “Rendering Nature,” The Vermont Standard, Quechee, VT
2018 “Artistic Impressions,” Summer campaign, World Of interiors magazine, conde naste publications, UK