Father, a milkman, mother with folk talents born in Stropkov, the same Bohemian village as pop icon Andy Warhol, LS Maxwell a student at Clifton High School met Joseph E. Turrin in the band room and upperclassman, Ronald F. Maxwell on the stage. A classical pianist and a member of Clifton High School' s Mustang Band, Lydia graduated Homecoming Queen and NJIT Pageant Queen before earning a BA at Montclair State University via four majors.
Working through university years with with Ron Maxwell and musical director Joseph E. Turrin. Lydia and Ron were married in Paris then moved to London to continue at Commonwealth United Film. Among artists, directors, actors and assorted glitterati, a study of British landscape painter JM Turner began.
At Charleton Heston's directorial debut, " Antony and Cleopatra," the only two American women on the set, both named Lydia- Lydia Heston and Lydia Maxwell together shared art and photography interests while on the set. Associated with the yearly American Film and Art Festival in Deauville, Maxwell's watercolors and paintings received applause by French and American critics to begin working as publicity photographer at 13.WNET to Ron Maxwell's production of Gardner Mc Kay's play, "Sea Marks."
1990-1991, United States Armed Forces Radio and Television acquired "Soldier Boy", vocals and rap by Lydia" as a remake of the 50's tune to be aired round the world the morning of the war's start. It was named “Official Song of Operation Welcome Home” at New York's Welcome Home Parade. Followed by interviews on radio, televisionand CNN, LS Maxwell became active in the Republican Inner Circle, at White House events, National Party Conventions, Presidential Inaugurals.
A Masters of Teaching in English as a Second Language, for the State of New Jersey for ten years, Lydia remembered the plight of new Americans, as her parents, giving back in service to her country.
In 2009 -2011, a guest of the Royal Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in capacity of liaison to foreign employees of the Royal Court, a study of art antiquities, included the wonder of Petra, and historic culture through the Middle East.
Gettysburg, the Flank, began painting 6 years ago, as LS Maxwell's Tone Poem Collection evolved with paintings of composers of the 20th Century, January 2012, the painting "La Valse" of the Tone Poem was acquired by New Yorker Magazine critic and Pulitzer Prize Nominated author Alex Ross for his latest publication, "Listening to the 20th Century- The Rest is Noise."
The Flank, morphed and dissolved several times into itself- so it seemed. Several versions remain. On the other side of the coin, is Johnny. He is hope. He is survival. "When Johnny comes marching home" is endearing hope to those who wait for a soldier's return. Images of hopeful moments in charming folk style include both sides of the Civil war, as the song was sung by Both sides. It became a rousing march. Written by Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore for his sister Annie as she prayed for safe return of her beau, Johnny O' Rourke, its popularity continued through WWII. Suitable for children to adults, Gilmore changed the face of band music by adding woodwinds. A mover and shaker of the band production, he is the Father of American Brass Bands, bringing home the hope of love in his message.
The Gettysburg Collection offers THE FLANK as a special Limited Edition Archive Print, as a Signed, Numbered Anniversary Edition.
2013- the year that three high school students from Clifton, New Jersey together contributed their talents once again for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.