L.M.Sanders began working in oils during the pandemic of 2020. She has been a professional artist for 20 years working mainly in acrylics. She became known for a loose style working mainly in figures wearing dresses and almost always seen walking away from the viewer. That style and composition resonated with collectors and during 2000 – 2007 she sold about 800 of them. She has sold over 1,000 paintings to date.
She went back to school and received her master’s in organizational psychology in 2015 and from 2010- 2020 she worked as an Human Resources Professional serving several companies. In 2012 she did start to exhibit her work again and you could find her work in local restaurants and shops.
However, it was not until the pandemic hit in 2020 that she decided to make a change and return to her love of art. She chose to pursue formal training again. She had formal training in high school. She went through the Norwich Free Academy art program and majored in art. So, she returned to her roots if you will, in 2020.
She is currently taking lessons from two highly trained and skilled artists, Hollis Dunlap and Jack Montmeat. Lisa is looking to bring the 18th century art training into her current works. She is going back to foundational elements found in drawing and bringing those elements into her oil paintings in portraits, figures, and plein air landscapes. There is an ethereal quality to plein air landscapes from the 18th and early 19th century that she wishes to capture in her work. That requires dedication to the process and training in the foundational elements. She plans to spend the rest of 2020 and 2021 studying under artists that can provide direction and guidance.
Any works sold during 2020 and 2021 go toward funding her training. She is taking drawing, charcoal, and oil painting classes in landscapes, figures, and portraits. You can follow her progress on her Instagram page and her Facebook page. She posts works in progress, as well as, completed works. You can already see the influences from the training she has had to date in her new works this year. In part, that is due to using only five colors to mix all the colors used in her paintings. That was learned in Hollis’ class and she enjoys the way her works have a uniformed look as a result. She even uses the same five colors in her portraits.
“My goal is to not sell art, but to study art and in the end if my work sells that’s a plus. However, that is not my goal.” Lisa M. Sanders