Lydia Lambrechts studied fine art and graphic design at the St Joost Academy of Art in Breda and scenography at the Dutch Broadcasting Company in Hilversum, before obtaining a degree in fine arts, painting and photography at the Arnhem Academy of Art in 2003. Her landscapes are partly realistic and partly based on imagination. Initially she found inspiration in the effects of climate change and the forces of nature, combined with her fascination for cold, inhospitable regions of the world. Since a trip to Brazil in 2010, however, icy landscapes have given way to images that are dominated by luxuriant tropical forests. She uses her own observations and photos, as well as internet images of natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, forest fires and floods. Whether depicting bare and snowy landscapes or luxuriant foliage, Lambrecht’s paintings emanate peace and tranquility. The presence or, more often, absence of human figures in her paintings evokes feelings of loneliness and longing in the viewer.