Lisa Bartlett is a local artist who hopes you’ll recognise some of the scenes she has painted.
When did you start painting and what motivates you?
As a child, I was always sketching – horses mostly and have always painted on holiday. I completed my first Oil painting in 2014 although l really started painting in 2010 when l joined Jamel Akib’s Cross Barn Art. My Grandmother was an Artist and I adored the smell of her studio. She painted in Oils and smoked cigars! I still love the smell of both. I think those childhood memories and the Old Masters Paintings is what motivated me to want to use Oil Paint.
How could you describe your style?
Impressionistic, colourful, gestural, impasto, and a little bit messy!
What do you consider to be the best painting you’ve ever done?
Possibly a Seascape called “Lazy Afternoon Newtown Creek”. It is of one of my favourite places and got ‘Best in Show’ at a local exhibition, and l could have sold it several times.
Do you find certain paper, paints or brushes make a big difference to how you paint?
I use mostly Winsor & Newton Artists quality paint and Michael Harding as some of his colours really ping. I paint on Canvas and board, both have qualities l enjoy. I use lots of paint and my brushes do suffer, it is a real treat to get a new one out! I like square flat brushes and have some rubbery spatulas, which are brilliant and easy to clean. I also use my fingers quite a lot. I paint in a similar way whatever the surface. l also do a lot of Life Drawing and use sugar paper and conte pastels for that.
What has painting given back to you?
I used to do a lot of horse riding and had some ankle problems which made riding difficult. Painting has filled that gap and given me a real sense of worth. I have also met some wonderful, inspiring people.
What inspires your work?
Nature, colour, life, light, shadows, texture, shapes, patterns; all the things l am fortunate enough to see each day. I visited the Monet’s Gardens Exhibition a couple of years ago and that inspired me to paint water and gardens.
What are you currently working on?
I have just started quite a large landscape. I have been experimenting a lot with bright light coming through trees and clouds and the way the light and colour reflects on the land and on water.
What can we expect from your exhibition?
It will be colourful, hopefully uplifting, and if you are local you may even recognise some of the places.
Lisa’s exhibition ‘Fauna, Feather & Hampshire Weather’ opens on Saturday 10th March 2018 at The Frame Gallery in Odiham. She is hosting a Private View on Friday 9th March between 5.30pm and 7.30pm, so please pop a long for a chance to meet Lisa in person and discuss her work.
For more information on this exhibition, please call The Gallery on 01256 701082 or email us.