Ancestry and Art
Like many families that carry on traditions of particular professions for generations, my family has a running history of making art as a career. My grandfather Bjorn Egeli left Norway early in life and then settled in the U.S., establishing himself as a successful portrait and marine painter. His wife, my grandmother Lois Baldwin Egeli, was a very accomplished portrait painter. All five of their children pursued careers as professional painters, including my dad, portrait and marine painter Peter Egeli.
Artist Lisa Egeli paints the people and places we treasure. 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.
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.