Discovery and inspiration
Travel has always been a vital part of my life as an artist. The exploration, the discovery, the inspiration that comes from a change in location, all appeal to me. Usually I alternate between the urge to paint familiar surroundings and the urge to immerse myself in someplace completely foreign.
I’m a big believer in letting paintings speak for themselves, I don’t think one should need to read a thesis to be moved by the work. But, there are times when a little of the story behind a painting is interesting, and here is where I’ll share some of those stories.
At the moment I’m between travels. I had wonderful painting trips this summer and fall to Maine, Cape Cod, Maryland’s Eastern Shore, New Jersey, and Virginia. This winter I’ll be painting the Everglades and other parts of South Florida, then in 2012 there are many trips in the works, to be updated later.
Artist Lisa Egeli has been described as “a meticulous connoisseur of nature”. Her portraits and landscapes, in oil and pastel, have been featured in many exhibits and permanent collections since her professional career was launched in 1988, when she graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago.
Her life as a painter, however, began long before, growing up a third generation artist in a family of artists, and learning her earliest skills from her father, prominent portrait painter Peter Egeli. His father, Bjorn Egeli, also had a distinguished career as a portrait painter, with Presidents and Justices among his subjects. READ MORE
This larger studio painting was inspired by
a spectacular evening on the edge of the
Everglades, soaking in the peacefulness
as some pelicans glide by...
The Story behind my Paintings
II’m often asked about why some of my paintings look very loose and brushy and some look much tighter, more detailed. The short answer is that some paintings I do en plein air and some in the studio.
En plein air simply means “outdoors”, and is generally understood to mean painted on location, from life. Because of the immediate nature of the work, and the time constraints (think changing light, rising tide, clouds moving in, etc.), it has a quick and impressionistic feel. Some of these paintings will serve as vital studies for other larger pieces and never be signed or framed. But some of them will be complete and stand as finished paintings worthy of a signature and a frame. READ MORE
Before the Rains
In Samburu National Park in northern Kenya,
these elephants stopped for a drink from the
Ewaso Nyiro River while crossing at the end
of the dry season. Seeing these creatures
making their way through their own world,
at their own pace, was a breathtaking experience.
Oil on linen, 16 by 20 inches, 2007, $5,000.