Description I like to paint flowers very close up so that they fill the entire canvas. I like to focus on the power of the single elements that make up the entire picture our mind typically generates when we think shrub or lilac. For me this vantage point exploits the energy of the flower, as though one could dive into this burst of purple. This flower was a challenge because the close vantage required particular care in setting up the composition.
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 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.