Description I chose to paint this pottery because I find it challenging on a different level than flowers. Flowers lend themselves a forgiving form to the task of setting up a painting. Pottery, however, is something that is used so often that its forms are fixed within our minds, so that much of the time spent executing a painting is in the set up of the composition. I tried to exploit the simple elegance of the composition of forms while giving it the look of an ethereal glow. I love black backgrounds; I feel it draws more focus onto the object itself.
Lisa Thornton Whittaker, USA Member Since November 2006 Artist Statement I am a self-trained artist born and raised in Kentucky. Although professionally I am an architect, my first love has always been painting. I received my Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Kentucky in 1999, and then worked for five years in the architectural field. During this time my paintings were very architectural in composition and arrangement. However, since my decision two years ago to leave the professional world to stay at home with my children, my work has undergone an organic transformation. Motherhood has made me more sensitive to the forms found in nature and this in turn has influenced my paintings.
Although my work is often inspired by objects or emotions, my paintings are largely abstract. They are the result of a process rather than representation of the tangible.