Lydia’s current paintings explore themes from nature and of human existence. Raw emotions, meditations, life dilemmas and personal stories are caught in the city landscapes of vivid abstract worlds. Recurring symbols include drip-dreams, ladders, crosses, explosions and mandalas. She revels in the use of bright contrasting colours, taking a familiar theme and startling the viewer into seeing something in a completely new way. She paints quickly and freely to achieve an immediacy in her work.
For her larger paintings, she is interested in the abstraction of pure, neat primary colours and superimposing them over muted natural colours. She presents scenes in a series of grids, the horizontal and the vertical, comparing it to the digital pixelation forced on to everything that is broken down with the digital eye. Part of a series, her studies of her West Norwood Garden depict this unique outlook, in a similar style to her other recent studies of nature and the city. She has used the style for a large figurative portrait of Frida Kahlo. Influences from Mondrian, Klee and Klimt are highly apparent.