Lisa Chandler

I am an artist living and working in downtown guelph, ont.  I have been painting with acrylic on canvas as well as on furniture, for 10 years. I grew up on the niagara escarpment and was inspired by the beauty and serenity in nature. I wanted to express through my art, how a deep personal connection with nature could influence how i see the world. Being surrounded with forests and hills, i spent many days exploring the solitude and magic that i felt. I'd begun to feel like every object had an energy or emotion, but that no-one was paying attention. I wanted to show a radiation of light and colour in my paintings that mirrored the energy that i was seeing in nature. I have mainly focused on subjects that i felt the most energy from, like trees, moving grasses, and open skies. I work with natural realistic colours in some of my scenes, and expanded exaggerated colours in others to show more intensity, and focus. I call my style magical realism.