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Lisa Roy

I am a painter splitting my time between Oakville, Ontario and our little escape on beautiful Salt Spring Island, British Columbia where I work out of my seaside studio surrounded by fresh sea air, sailboats and the sounds of nature (and our neighbour's chickens).Born in Northern Ontario, I am a graduate of Sheridan’s fine art and graphic design programs.After 18 years as an art director and graphic designer in editorial design, branding and advertising, I left my career behind and spent eight years as an expat in Ireland and Dubai. My travels became a huge inspiration in my work. Upon returning to Canada, I studied intuitive abstract expressionism and after a career of precision and staying within the lines, I discovered the energy that comes from painting intuitively rather than focusing solely on what I see. My art can be found in private collections internationally.

"Every painting is an intuitive experiment in layers of colour, shape and texture. I draw inspiration from my surroundings, my memories and the dialogue in my head. My work combines a tension of gestural mark making and consciously executed elements with layer upon layer of colour - thin washes, thick strokes, scraping, glazing.  There is a definite chaos as each work evolves until eventually a visual order seems to emerge. My hope is to create an abstracted reality that each viewer can bring their own feelings or memory to. "