Lydia MartinShawn Dixon
Lydia Martin was my teacher at the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University in Boston. I believe the best compliment I can give her, or for that matter to describe her and her work, is that she is completely inspiring. I originally dropped out of business school and transferred to NESADSU looking for some kind of direction. I found that with Lydia. She took me in and taught me everything I know about creating and respecting art. My talent at that time was very raw, I had no technique and no composition skills. Lydia would go out of her way to help me see what I was missing. Not just because she was a teacher, this was not her job, these were other classes. She would help me just because she loved to create art. Then I had the opportunity to see some of her work. What she does not know, is that seeing her work and understanding at that moment what art truly is about, was the reason why I became and still am inspired to create. Since then I have become a very successful illustrator and designer. I am correctly an Art Director for a Marketing Firm in Los Angeles, but I now have a home here in Rhode Island. I have done very well with my illustrations as Lydia always told me I would some day, but now keep it personal. I believe that creating art is a very intimate and passionate action that is almost magical. The ability to create something that will force a feeling or an emotion onto another is nothing if not magical. This passion I learned from listening to Lydia Martin discuss her own work. I have yet to meet a more inspiring artist, and I truly doubt I ever will. Lydia and her work gave me a career and a life where I will never be happier, and for that reason alone, I will always be one of her biggest fans. Lydia, if by chance you do run across this note, I sincerely hope that it finds you very well, and just in case you skimmed through the note, thank you again. You truly did make an amazing difference in this students life and I will be forever grateful. Take care.