Lisa McShane

The art that I love best moves my soul and makes me weep, and I aim for a deep beauty in my paintings. I love the place I live and the people in my world and so I work again and again to capture what I see and experience, so that I can share those visual moments with others. I want people to see this achingly beautiful world.

My oil paintings begin as drawings and often as a deeply personal memory of a specific moment where the light stirred me: a river, an early morning on a beach, the island where I live at low tide, the view of the mountains and rivers I love from above. I draw directly on toned linen, paint the image in umber, and then add the sky using as many layers as it takes to develop depth and texture. Skies, clouds, water, reflections and a sense of luminosity are central to my work and so I begin with them.