April 5-27, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday April 5, 5-7 pm
My paintings express the feeling of awe I have with the landscape, particularly the quality of light and how it might bring surprise to a composition. As a painter I find myself looking for my next painting every minute of the day. - Elaine Lisle
Elaine Lisle's paintings celebrate her surroundings; a busy street in the city, a quiet mill stream in the countryside, or a solitary sculler on a river amidst the brilliant colors of fall. Inspired by her growing interest in painting outdoors, Lisle's recent work reflects an appreciation for capturing the changing seasons and the light of different times of day - from the dawn until the dusk. In Connoisseur Magazine, writer Nancy Bea Miller cites Lisle's excitement upon seeing Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square "glowing at sunset and twinkling with street lights, all covered by fresh snow....The snow had transformed a familiar landscape into something softer, different." When the artist is back in the studio, her paintings are influenced by the experience and memory of painting outdoors. Responding to the experience of painting from direct observation with her on-site oil sketches and her own photography studies, Lisle allows herself the freedom for the "feel of a color" to come through in her studio paintings. Sharon Ewing, Director of Gross McCleaf, notes that in these recent paintings, "There is a subtle but real shift toward interpretation rather than representation, allowing Elaine to reveal more of who she is as an artist."
Elaine Lisle received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and spent two years of post-graduate study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she was greatly influenced by the luminous abstract paintings of the late Murray Dessner. While at Penn, the influence of artist Neil Welliver gave Lisle the encouragement to pursue a career as a realist painter at a time when many young artists were turning to abstraction. This is her third solo exhibition with Gross McCleaf.