Lisa Lamoreaux has been a full-time professional artist for 18 years. Her work can be found in private and public collections nationally and internationally. She has had many solo and duo shows in galleries, has been featured in magazines, newspapers, and television interviews. Her mixed-media paintings are composed of multiple layers of paper, sculpting medium, acrylic and oil paint - revealing the depth of philosophical ponderings that go beyond the surface. Her work can be found in galleries, online, and in her studio on San Juan Island, WA. Artist's Statement: Connections between nature, physics, and psychology can often be found in my work through the many layers of medium I use. I often go to the canvas with an idea or feeling state to be expressed and allow the scene to unfold through the brush, paint, and internal promptings. These brush strokes, marks, and symbols reveal themselves in seemingly random fashion resulting in what are most often interpreted as landscapes. I always enjoy the intuitive nature of pushing paint and mediums around on the canvas to see where the painting organically wants to go, and I often begin without a plan in mind. It isn’t until the painting has marinated for a while, I step back and look deeply to see if a subject wants to show up, something like looking at clouds in the sky and “seeing” what is there through a random line or shadow in the texture. Usually this will be a bird, flower, or tree. I often enjoy working abstracted and representational themes in the same painting. I begin each mixed-media painting with a base layer of exotic, handmade, textured, and found paper; To this I add sculpting medium and carve into it to create interesting surface textures. I then add many layers of acrylic paint and glaze – sometimes removing layers to reveal what is underneath, and often carving symbolic images into the medium. I then paint the finish subjects (the birds, insects, leaves, or branches) in water-mixable oil.