Artist Interview: Lisa Landry

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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. 

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