Lydia Pottoff

5974 Saint Vrain Rd, Longmont, CO 80503

US 36 North toward Lyons from Boulder. Right on Saint Vrain Road. 2 1/4 miles east on Saint Vrain Road. Studio/home is located on the south side -5974 Saint Vrain Road

I seek inspiration in the beautiful patterns, colors and designs of the surrounding world. Nature offers endless subjects to capture – landscape, still life, and figures – each provide their own unique possibilities. My senses are open to the hidden colors around us; reflected light in a blossom, the deep purple of a cast shadow, the soft pink in a winter sky, and the bright red of a maple in autumn.


Over the years I have experimented with many different mediums; pencils, ink, collage, pastel and oil. Pastels allow me to create shimmering, heightened color effects as well as to draw – and they support the freedom of spontaneity in my work. I love painting in oils as well. Working with brushes – mixing colors and the application – allows me to problem solve in a different way. Both mediums; pastel and oil influence how I work in the other and I enjoy going back and forth between them.


I balance my pieces between studio and plein air. Working in nature forces me to capture the essence quickly, while a studio environment allows a deeper exploration of the subject allowing me to reinterpret what I see in nature.

Painting/Oil/Pastel

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