Painting is my soul’s essential language. Colors are my words. Tropical flowers are my poems. I am happiest in hot, tropical and exotic locations. I love the beach, a salty sea breeze, sticky humidity, and the pulsing vibrancy of flowers and plants in these regions. It is my aim to capture the essence of all these things in my work.
Summer Lydick knew from the tender age of two that she wanted to be an artist. Born in New Mexico and raised in Louisiana, Lydick graduated from Texas State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing, before journeying to Paris for a course at the Paris American Academy in 2003.
Lydick then settled in Southeast Texas to earn her Master of Arts in painting at Lamar University in 2005. Determined to be a working artist, Lydick established her own decorative painting business, The Painted Wall, which allowed her to create large-scale public and private murals, commissioned paintings, and extensive plaster finishes.
Teaching art brought another dimension to her art practice, while maintaining an active presence on the art scene by participating in several regular group shows and solo exhibitions.
Her work is gaining a strong following on social media where she also showcases her candid personality, humor, and unwavering encouragement. Wonderfilled magazine says the work is"a dose of wonder and inspiration". Author Elizabeth Gilbert proclaims the paintings "beautiful". Lydick is featured in private collections in New York, Miami, Paris, and all over Texas as well as the public collections of Lamar University and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas.