Art has been a part of Lisa Cunningham’s life since she was a child growing up in Northeastern Pennsylvania. “I believe the desire to create art has always been with me,” she recalls. “From a very young age, I remember escaping to the quiet solitude of my drawing. It was second nature to me, like tying my shoes and riding my bike.”
A classically trained, representational artist with degrees in fine art and education, Cunningham finds inspiration through travel and the simple things that exist in everyday life. “It is my intention to create work that allows us to stay connected with the places we see and experience everyday. Architecture in our environment, throughout our cities and rural landscapes, incorporates history, culture, and purpose for each of us.”
Using soft pastels and layering techniques, her compositions are representational, yet painterly, allowing the dramatic play of light and shadow to reveal the character behind the subject matter. “Vibrant, sometimes exaggerated color is common in my work, which lends credibility to the magic of the pastel medium as I see it,” she recalls.
Through photographs, notes, and sketches taken while on location, the artist spends much of her time back in her studio exploring ways to “convey a sense of place” through her work. “My paintings allow people the opportunity to identify with or reflect upon a moment in time; of places familiar, or that no longer exist, thus eliciting an emotional response.” Some of Cunningham’s compositions also feature people interacting in their environment, engaging in everyday life in the places they find meaningful.
An award winning artist, Cunningham is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, an elected artist member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, The Salmagundi Club, and The American Artists Professional League in New York City. Other signature memberships include the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, The Connecticut Pastel society, and the Pastel Society of New Jersey.