Artist Interview: Lisa Landry

Learn More About Our Represented Artist

Q&A With The Artist

What are your ear­li­est mem­o­ries relat­ed to art?

When I was in first grade we were giv­en an assign­ment to cre­ate a mock adver­tis­ing poster with “Smokey the Bear” to help pre­vent for­est fires.  My poster was very large and had the cap­tion “Stop — Before It Starts” with Smokey Bear in the mid­dle of the poster with his shov­el stand­ing in tall green grass with lit­tle bun­nies, baby fox­es, deer next to him, and lit­tle birds in the trees in the back­ground, and even a lady bug on a blade of grass.  I used felt pens and col­ored glit­ter and my class vot­ed my poster the best. 


How and when did you start becom­ing an artist yourself?

I worked full time after grad­u­at­ing col­lege and always found time to paint on the week­ends and in the evenings.  I lived in Hous­ton and shared a stu­dio space with two artists.  After com­ple­tion of my first paint­ing I took it to a pro­fes­sion­al fram­ing busi­ness to have an acrylic shad­ow box placed to pro­tect the 3 dimen­sion­al art­work.  It was a large art piece 36“x48” gallery wrapped and the selec­tion of acrylic was very expen­sive.  The own­er of the frame busi­ness had the asso­ciate call me and inquire about the paint­ing and want­ed the artist’s name as it was not signed.  I respond­ed that I paint­ed it, how­ev­er I explained I had no for­mal train­ing and did not sign it as I felt only trained artists sign their work.  The own­er offered to pur­chase the paint­ing and I accept­ed and returned to the frame store to final­ize the sale and also to sign my first artwork. 

What was the evo­lu­tion like toward find­ing your cur­rent voice and visu­al vocabulary?

When I first began paint­ing my work resem­bled ani­mals sketched that one might see on a cave wall paint­ing.  My style was very sim­ple and it seemed like a child paint­ed it.   I began to study and stretched my style to mix com­bi­na­tions of col­ors that bring emo­tion and move­ment.  Most of the paint­ings have acrylic as main medi­um and cur­rent­ly I am using pas­tels to add anoth­er lay­er and visu­al effect.  The way the light reflects off the pas­tel gives the paint­ing an opaque effect in those areas.

What is your process like?

 I place all the paint I plan to use on my stu­dio table sim­i­lar to col­lect­ing the ingre­di­ents for a recipe.  I pre­pare a small sketch pri­or to start­ing a new can­vas to pro­vide a guide of what I want to accom­plish on the larg­er scale. 


Is there any­thing from your artist state­ment that you wish to expand on, that you nor­mal­ly do not have the chance to discuss?

As pre­vi­ous­ly men­tioned a por­tion of the pro­ceeds from the sale of my art­works go to char­i­ty orga­ni­za­tions to help peo­ple and pets in need.  One of my cher­ished orga­ni­za­tions is Pets Fur Peo­ple, a no kill ani­mal sanc­tu­ary in Tyler.  A few years ago we adopt­ed a kit­ten from Pets Fur Peo­ple and I agreed to be in a tele­vi­sion com­mer­cial fea­tur­ing the kit­ten “Fal­con” to pro­mote finan­cial sup­port for the facil­i­ty and high­light the expe­ri­ence.     Fal­con became an instant movie star.

What do you try to con­trol in your sur­faces, and what do you leave to chance?

When I paint, I do not have any lim­i­ta­tions or any areas that I want to con­trol in my work.

Where do you see your work going from here?

My work will con­tin­ue to evolve to achieve my goal to share great art work with others. 

Subscribe to our newsletter

Sign up to receive updates, promotions, and sneak peaks of upcoming products.

Promotion nulla vitae elit libero a pharetra augue