Lida Matheson Stifel
Lida Stifel’s paintings include landscape, the human figure, still life, and abstraction. Her work is inspired by her immediate surrounding and from travels abroad.
“My paintings are generated by my response to nature. I always work directly from the subject, which allows me to achieve a sense of immediacy. A perceptual realist, I experiment with different techniques and materials and my work often balances on the edge of reality and abstraction, while maintaining a respect for the traditions of art. I have been on a creative journey for over 40 years. Every painting creates a different set of circumstances so I don’t have any formulas. I believe that working directly from life is necessary in order to create spontaneous and energetic work. Although I experiment with different techniques and subject matter, I maintain a strong respect for the traditions of art. ”
Educated at Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in Art History and painting, I continued studying painting and drawing at The Corcoron School of Art under William Christenberry.
Lida has had over 18 solo exhibitions and been selected in over 30 juried exhibitions. She has participated in Paint Annapolis, Wayne Plein Air Festival and Ellicott City “Paint It”. She has won 8 Jurors Choice Awards including “Strokes of Genius” at the Maryland Federation of Art and most recently, first place in the Ellicott City Juried Plein Air Competition in July of 2015.
Lida Matheson Stifel lives on a small farm in Montgomery County, Maryland near Washington DC.Artist
About the Artist