Ottawa Magazine - - Meet Your Match -

Since child­hood, Lid­bet­ter wanted to be an artist. “I can re­mem­ber be­ing 12 or 13 and sit­ting in my guid­ance coun­sel­lor’s of­fice in Grade 7 or 8,” says the Ot­tawa land­scape painter. “I was adamant. I wanted to be an artist.” He spent a few decades re­tail­ing artists’ sup­plies and then, about five years ago, be­came a full-time artist, fo­cus­ing on land­scapes the Group of Seven might have con­ceived but painted very dif­fer­ently. Now one of the re­gion’s finest land­scape artists, Lid­bet­ter pro­duces work far edgier than that of the more sen­ti­men­tal group. His scenes are drenched in melan­choly. Some even seem threat­en­ing. “I try to have a unique voice. I love ex­per­i­ment­ing and try­ing new things all the time. I try to sim­plify the land­scape as much as I can. There’s of­ten an ab­stract un­der­ly­ing tone.” His Ot­tawa dealer, Wall Space Gallery as­so­ciate Erin Crow­ell, sees those ab­stract tech­niques as one of Lid­bet­ter’s strengths, help­ing him cre­ate “time­less land­scapes which al­low the viewer to take pause in the emo­tive qual­i­ties of cen­tral Canada scenes.”

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