Lydia Milford

As an only child I spent a lot of time drawing, which led to a lifetime passion for and a strong connection with drawing and painting.

From school I went to Newton Abbot Art College and later to St. Martins in London where I trained in illustration.  Subsequently I worked as an illustrator, whilst painting in my spare time.  Unable to take up a place at the Royal College, I returned to Devon to get married and have children.

I worked at home when the children were growing, exhibiting in Wales and Devon.

In 2004 I returned to study at the college of St Mark and St John and obtained a B.A (Hons) in Art and Community studies.  I spent some time teaching and then studied for an M.A in Fine Art from Plymouth University.

I am a Devonian; I was born here, am happiest here, and have lived here for most of my life.  I am lucky enough to live in a rural environment which is very important to me; I need the open fields, wild moorland and changeable seas of Devon to provide inspiration for my paintings.

Currently, my practice has three main areas of focus; Dartmoor, the Devon coastline and rural landscape.  I am enjoying exploring seasonal changes and the drama of weather with the changes in light that it brings.  I work in water based media, mainly ink and gouache on paper with added marks from crayon and pen or whatever comes to hand.