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Lisa May

Hurstbridge VIC

I love painting portraits; the journey to catching not only the likeness but the essence of the subject. I have painted high profile people in my ten year career, some for the Archibald Prize.

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About Lisa May

I love painting portraits; the journey to catching not only the likeness but the essence of the subject. I have painted high profile people in my ten year career, some for the Archibald Prize and some as private or public commissions. I have been a finalist in other prizes such as the Doug Moran and I take on a number of commissions each year.

A few months ago, after moving to an area surrounded by bush, I was inspired by a group of characters that I see every day to produce a new body of work. These characters visit the table in my garden and I observe their behaviour, listen to their conversations and sometimes get involved in sorting out their squabbles. Overtime I have got to know their different characters well; each of the portraits has a bio attached outlining the personalities and traits of the subjects. For example Daphne deigns to visit us daily but remains aloof from her contemporaries and is served her breakfast separately. Trevor on the other hand is the first on to the table and will bite the hand that feeds him if it is not removed quickly enough for his liking.

Each portrait is painted with oils on wood. I enjoy the preparation of this medium which allows the grain, intentional stains, and sanding marks to become an integral part of the finished work. The portraits themselves are built up over many layers and weeks as each one has to have to time to dry. They are then framed with Tasmanian oak. Each piece is totally unique.

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