Stopping along the winding road through Topanga Canyon on the way to her Santa Monica art studio, Lidia Shaddow becomes transfixed by the vivid colors, rich textures and intricate patterns of nature. They provide the inspiration for Lake Shrine and other oil and mixed-media paintings created by the Woodland Hills artist. "I see infinite plants, flowers and weeds, seemingly insignificant to so many, yet well-calculated and meticulously designed," says Shaddow, whose work is on display at galleries throughout Southern California. Born and raised in Israel, Shaddow emigrated to the United States at age 14. She studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and received her bachelor's degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. To see more of her work, visit lidiashaddow.com.