Lisa Creed

About the Artist

Sea and Sky

In my sea and sky paintings I seek to honor the numinous that surrounds us. For me the spirit of nature and the elements is nowhere so evident as in the sea and the sky, the light and air along the eastern coast.

I grew up summers on this coast. I spent the long summer days of my childhood running wild in the fields, learning to swim, setting my own deep taproot into the soil of this place that restores and sustains me to this day. In a personal ritual, I do not let a year pass by without swimming at least once in the bay.

Inevitably, my Eden has been discovered, and as change comes to the land, its wildness and primitive beauty retreat. In my paintings, I seek to keep alive that sense of wildness, stripping out every trace of human activity. There are no boats, no buildings, and no people to distract from the true subject of the work: the open horizon, the joining of sea, sky, and earth. I hope to bring you, the viewer, to the same sense of awe and ecstasy that I feel on these shores, and to awaken in you the same reverence for your special, spiritual place.

Abstract Work

My roots are abstraction. I work in layers of paint and etch back and forth through previous layers to expose earlier marks and colors. Graphite, ink and collage are additions that allow me to draw and make notes about what is going on around me.

I seek both minimalism and complexity. Busy areas contrast with quiet spots. Shades of white initially seem the same and then, on closer view, are distinctly different. I want the viewer to be drawn in and to visually excavate these paintings. I want to engage the viewer to see the whole work then deconstruct it to individual parts and then to stand back and see the whole work once again.

And finally, there is jazz, in particular 1950’s and 1960’s jazz, the music that was in the background as I grew up. Today the abstraction of the music directly effects the act of painting.

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