Description I was born and raised in Kentucky. Everywhere there are horses, horse farms, horse fences, streets named after horses, neighborhoods named after horses, buildings named after horses, horses named after other horses. I somehow have never been on a horse, just pet their noses at Keeneland or Churchill Downs. Nevertheless, I felt I needed to enter the EBSQ Equestrian Show, particularly since I just left my home state of Kentucky to live in Ohio. I wanted to get a closer view of the jockey and horse and show the intensity of the race. I've used oil paints on a pre-stretched canvas and have given this horse the name Ship Shimmer. Go Ship Shimmer, go!
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.