Description Some of the most striking art can be found already created in nature.
I love flowers, I love tending flowers, and I love painting flowers. I wanted to give these dogwood flowers an energetic look, as though they might be moving slightly in a breeze. Although this is a realistic piece, I wanted to subtly exaggerate the qualities that make this flower beautiful. I pushed the saturation of the colors to the point that it looks nearly wild, but not completely so. I tried to retain the delicate nature of the flower by maintaining a calm backdrop and floral details. I love black backdrops to showcase the form and movement of the flowers. I wanted to develop the simple elegance of the symphony of forms while giving it the appearance of a delicate glow.
I began creating realistic paintings at the urging of my family and friends. I am not sure if they wanted to see something that they could relate to in a literal way or just wanted to see if I could actually do something realistic, but I accepted the challenge nevertheless. I actually believe that these realistic paintings have helped to enhance my abstract paintings further. The colors and saturation of color is similar to my abstract painting, but what I found interesting was the challenge this flower presented to my eyes and mind. The flower is not simply PINK. This pink flower has dozens of colors green shadows, blue undertone, red highlights probably even some colors I missed!! Painting this flower was like having to see, or re-see, the flower for the very first time.
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.