Lisa Nolan’s work includes portraits of adults, children and animals from unusual perspectives and angles, bringing the viewer into a close encounter with the subject. A recent graduate from the Visual and Fine Arts Diploma at St Lawrence College, she expanded her artistic focus to include distinctive landscapes, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture. Her style remains contemporary realism using oils and her distinctive cool palette of blues and violets. Originally from the UK, Lisa has been in Canada since 2008. Lisa has traveled extensively and lived in London and Dublin and a number of communities in Ontario. Currently residing in Brockville, where the changing blue colours of the St Lawrence have inspired her work. Other influences include Schiele, Freud, Hopper, O’Keeffe and her previous teacher Sandy McKenzie. Her extraordinary curiosity about people and their experiences mean she captures with paint, charcoal or coloured pencils the essence of a subject and their transitory moments turning it into a permanent memory. Pushing established perspectives and angles in portraiture into new expressions, Lisa’s inspiration comes from travel, activities and culture. Lisa is also drawn to painting interesting subjects from her travels from animals to everyday still life. Samples of Lisa’s work are currently held in private collections in Ontario and the UK. Lisa has also won awards for her creative writing and has a short story published. She is currently writing a novel as well as painting.