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About Lisa Lopuck
Lisa Lopuck, born in 1969 in Los Angeles, has been an artist ever since she could hold a pencil. At the age of 8, she began formal oil painting instruction and by age 14, had mastered photo-realism.
As an adult, Lisa turned her talents to design and focused on digital interactive media. Over the last ten years, she has carved an impressive resume as a renowned designer, lecturer, and author of numerous books on interactive design. Though she continued to paint throughout her professional design career, in 1993, she turned exclusively to watercolors—what she considers a more difficult and challenging medium than oils.
Her goal is to redefine how people view watercolors—to reveal its power to portray rich color, depth, and realism, and to show that watercolors can be every bit as “finished” as oils. Unlike most watercolorists, Lisa’s paintings can take upwards of 100 hours to complete—building layer after layer to achieve an unprecedented level of depth.
In 2006, Lisa acheived her Signature membership status in the National Watercolor Society.
Lisa’s artistic journey begins by taking digital photos of flowers. Because flowers are only in bloom for a short time, and Lisa spends weeks on each painting, it’s critical to capture the subject on camera. While a great shot is important, it’s just the beginning. Color, scale, texture, and artistic license all play their part in the end result.
Lisa believes that the reason her paintings feel so real is not only due to her interpretation of the original photo but is also due to the watercolor medium itself. “I have discovered an uncanny connection between nature and watercolor. The fractal-like interplay of pigment and water is remarkably similar to what you see when you look closely at patterns in flowers and leaves. This is why all my paintings are close-ups of flowers, and never far-off landscapes. Zooming into nature provides a stage for the unique qualities of watercolor to perform.”
In the end, the paintings transcend their realism and seem to possess a soul of their own. “To me, the finished paintings are arresting. I can look at them for hours and wonder how they have become more than the sum of their parts.” Lisa’s hope is that viewers go through this same transformation - starting with an appreciation of the painting’s realism and then being drawn in to a point where they are transported to another place. “I want people to feel as though they can reach in and touch the flowers, smell their fragrance, and hear the subtleties of the garden environment. I want to take people to a beautiful place.”
San Marino Gallery Floral Exhibit
La Quinta Arts Festival
March 2006, March 2007
Sausalito Art Festival
September 2005, September 2007
National Watercolor Society Annual Open Exhibition
California Watercolor Society Open Exhibition
Watercolor West Annual Open Exhibition
National Watercolor Society Side By Side Exhibition