Hay Bales



It is true that inspiration comes constantly and unexpectedly, but there are ideas that inspire me which are longer lasting than than a momentary joy in the color of a shadow. The mainstays of inspiration I’ve found throughout my life have come from literature like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, C. S Lewis, and Francis Thompson, and the land of Hunt Country, Virginia. 

The aspect of this literature that continually intrigues me is their ability to articulate experiences and how we remember them- and how that effects our future. Ernest Hemingway wrote about America while he resided in Paris. Similarly, I painted the Hunt Collection after I had lived there; away from it and remembering it. The idea is that you’re able to articulate something more accurately when you’re outside of it. 

This concept is layered into my work and my practice. I found I was living out this concept particularly through this collection. I felt as though I loved the area more for being away from it. This Virginian land is a gracious land. I love how the road gallops along the edges of the fields – every so often arched by gracious boughs of leaves—creating momentary shelter before bursting out into the sunshine of the wide open fields.These memories and this land are precious building blocks for my future and how I see the world around me- where ever life will take me.


This scene is one of the most framiliar to me- the hay bales against the distant low slung rolling mountains. I wanted to capture the texture in the hills and the soft sweeping cerulean blue of the big sky above. When I told her where this piece was a painting of, my mother told me it was along one of the first roads we drove when we came to Virginia. It was one of the first scenes I ever saw. This piece isn’t perfect, but it’s one of my own favorites in the collection because of the soft quality of color.

18” x 24”

Original Artwork

Original art is the most valuable; the most sought after; the most desired. At our worst, we have stolen, betrayed, and killed for it. At our best, we have humbly cried before it-and it’s changed our hearts and lives and world view and perspective for the better.

In creating, the artist is imparting herself onto the paper. An artist’s hand in creating the work of art mimics our ultimate creator. In owning the original you’re owning a glimpse of the alpha. Lydia’s artwork is created on French watercolor paper with a variety of high quality pigments and brushes that are all collected in striving to imbue her paintings with a sense of the meaning that sits just beyond our gaze.