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Creating Art at Water’s Edge

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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Heidi Lechner, one of Long Island’s talented artists, has been creating art in one form or another for nearly her entire life. Just as water surrounds Long Island, water also plays a large role in the visual arts produced by this Centereach native.  Inspired by the diverse beauty and vast seascapes of Long Island, Lechner, known professionally as Hyde Rock, travels extensively across the Island to find inspiration.

Hyde Rock’s love of the sea is evident in many of her artistic creations. Glimpsing her photographs, the viewer is drawn into their serenity, almost smelling the salty beach air. Recently, I had the chance to interview Hyde Rock about her creative process and inspiration. Throughout the interview, she enthused about how deeply she feels tied to the sea, stressing its part in our heritage and spirits.

Raven Peterson: How long have you been an artist?

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Hyde Rock:  I have been involved in the Visual Arts professionally since I was about 13 years old, displaying my wildlife art in area galleries. I did not do wildlife alone; I just prefer wildlife, as well as sea life.

RP: What makes Long Island special to you?

HR: There are so many reasons I love our home. How blessed are we to reside in a place surrounded by so many beautiful areas, many of which people don’t even know about! People live here and never know we have seals, foxes, dolphins, even deer, which surprises me.

People travel the globe but don’t even look to their own backyard. My dad would take us on explorations as a child in the 70s. We’d drive all over LI, seeing sights and camping. I loved the idea of being a part of the land, the earth, and the sea, learning to respect and appreciate it. When I look back on memories of my family, those are my fondest most treasured ones. We didn’t even go to half the places I go now, but my dad inspired me to learn more about where we live and how beautiful it is. Now, I teach my children (Austin, age 15, Aidan, 12, and Alec, 9) the same lessons.Cedar Beach 3

RP: Why do you call yourself a “chameleon of the arts”?

HR: I have called myself that simply because I work in so many genres and can adapt to my environment as naturally as a chameleon. Most importantly, I am self-taught in every aspect of my work, which is the main reason for this “handle.”

I am a singer-songwriter, fine artist-painter, graphic artist, photographer, and actor. And that’s for starters! I am continually learning new things as well as constantly learning and growing in the things I already know and love, because you can always get better and you can always learn a new thing every day. I don’t care how good you are at something — you can always be better. So I’m always changing, learning, and growing.

RP: What are some of your favorite subjects to shoot? 

HP: It’s difficult for me to narrow down.  I love taking portraits, especially of my children!  However, I adore the sea; taking pictures of the Atlantic Ocean is precious to me. Viewing land from a sea-perspective is something I truly enjoy and love.  The reflection of sunrises on an ocean beach inspires me to get up early to catch one, and to later race to catch the last rays of a sunset.

I shoot animals all the time!   I am fortunate enough to have experienced and witnessed so many beautiful animals here on Long Island, such as seals, sharks, foxes, deer, and so on. I adore wildlife and sea life.

RP: What inspires you to photograph the sea?Atlantic Beach- Hamptons

HR: The sea is magical; I’m a self-proclaimed mermaid. I adore the ocean more than anything — where else can you escape reality, find peace, solace, meditate, and heal your body? In my opinion, the salty sea and air are the solution for all that troubles you.

Since 97 percent of the Earth’s waters can be found in our ocean, and more than 70 percent of our planet is covered by water, oceans and sea life are vital to survival. That’s why I dedicate much of my work to the sea.

RP:  Where can someone see more of your art and contact you?

HR: I have a photography page on Facebook entitled “Long Island Beaches Rock”. It has scores of albums of different locations! It’s dedicated to the beaches and parks here on Long Island. Those that wish to purchase my work or hire me for a photo shoot can contact me through my website www.hyderock.net/.

By Raven Peterson

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was born and raised in Port Jefferson. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States in search of new adventures and culinary delights. Her three favorite things in life are friends, food, and fashion.

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