Lisa tells us about herself with a simple Q&A
Q1 Who is Lisa?
Lisa Izquierdo was born in Manchester, England in 1975 of a Spanish father and English mother. Her creative strengths emerged at an early age, strongly underpinned by natural forces, the human form and, above all by the powerful energy released by human relationships.
She has followed the need to create in her paintings and drawings from a very early age. She now works in her studio in Altrincham, Manchester.
Q2 Where do you get your inspiration?
“The true strength of a woman is our ability to allow ourselves to be vulnerable.”
Life can be challenging. When I paint I confront and explore the feelings, emotions, excitements and depressions that we all face.
So why do I paint? Why does a poet write poetry? Why does a musician play, compose? I think of it along with Ellen Altfest: “Itʼs something Iʼm driven to do. Iʼd like to make something that is both of its time and that stands outside it.” Life is sometimes dark. When painting I try to find the speck of light and life that I know exists. I find the light in nature, in the pattern of a texture which informs a canvas, in the human form, in the forces which bind a man and a woman.
Images develop as I work. I use acrylics, oils, inks, texture paste, sands – my paintings develop as I allow the medium to express itself!
Much of my painting develops into abstraction – but always with a hold, however tenuous, on reality, on the magical world which surrounds us – even on the relationships which inform our lives.
Picasso once said, “There is no abstract art. You must always work with something. Afterwards you can remove all traces of reality”. The things I work with are natural forms – the hint of a leaf, the curve of a breast, the pattern which ripples across a stretch of sand. I work through contradictions – seeking to unify the Yin and the Yang – to find that speck of light which I know is there. I struggle to discover and reveal it in my painting.
Q3 Did you have any training?
Iʼm completely self taught , I did Art and design at GCSE level and have taken several evening classes over the years for my figurative works.
Q4 How would you describe your art?
I would describe my work as highly textured which really relays the inner movements, light and energy I try to bring forth using metallic and pearlescent tones.
I am inspired a lot by nature and the hidden energies of the elements.
From more neutral autumnal tones to my more bright recent colour palettes brings forth my visions.
My figurative work is more abstract and again brings the essence of the forms rather than details.
Q5 What artists inspire you?
The artists who inspired me are some of the old masters , especially Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh.
Q6 What does Sentiment mean to you?
Being a part of Sentiments means so much as I think itʼs such a wonderful way of bringing a communal feel of different artists and different styles together.
Also to make works available to a wider audience and awareness of the Arts to a greater scale.
I feel incredibly privileged to be a part of this fantastic collaboration.