Working in both oil and pastel, Lydia Pottoff creates impressionistic landscapes and figurative works that focus on the interplay of light and color in the natural world. She paints both in the studio and ‘en plein air’. Painting outside on location allows her to capture that sense of place and wonder that only comes with direct observation.
Lydia has a Bachelor of Arts in both graphic design and fine art from Metropolitan State University and worked as a designer and art director, finally becoming a partner in a Colorado creative agency for twenty-five years. A desire to create a more personal vision led her back to fine art and she has pursued her passion in painting, in both plein air and studio work since 2001. The late Elizabeth Mowrey, author and Master Pastelist from the Pastel Society of America, continues to influence both her approach and attitude toward painting nature and capturing the magic within.
She has received numerous awards for her pastels including second place in the 2018 Plein Air Artists of Colorado, and in 2019 both the ‘Heilman Award of Excellence’ in the Colorado Pastel Society’s Mile High National Show and the best ‘Town Painting’ and poster contest winner at the Estes Park Plein Air Festival. Most recently she received the ‘Dick Blick Award of Excellence’ for her painting ‘Winters Eve’ at the 2022 Pastel Society of Colorado’s Mile High International Show in Central City.
Pinks and golds glow on the ice at Sawhill Ponds on an early winter evening
Women shop and chat at a market in Marrakech, Morocco.
Pack horses are turned out at a dude ranch in the Wind River Range, Wyoming,
Early light catches the high peak of Manaslu in the Himalaya.