"The goal of each piece is to visually interpret a feeling or mood in a way that illustrates its vital essence. When starting a piece I consider how I want it to “feel” and what message I want it to convey as I stare at the blank panel imagining potential compositions."
"I have to consider many technical things when planning an encaustic in order to achieve the effect I want. There’s the transparency, the order in which I need to apply each layer, what techniques I’ll utiliae, how much each layer will need to be fused, how much each layer will be scraped down, whether there will be specific shapes, whether to draw the shapes on the panel or add them into the wax later, etc. Much of the work comes from intuition and there aren't always words for it. I utilize and rely on the unpredictable, spontaneous nature of the encaustic wax itself. At any point I may abandon my original intention and adopt a new direction that the painting wants to take. Whenever I remain rigidly attached to my plan and don’t allow for deviation, it usually fails."
Lisa Basil was born in Buffalo, NY. She studied graphic design and music at Jacksonville University before transferring to Moore College of Art and Design where she received her BFA in printmaking in 1991. Since graduating, Lisa has worked in various mediums including oil, acrylic, sculpture and photography. She now predominantly works in encaustic and mixed media.
Her work can be found in both private and public collections including The McGraw-Hill Companies, MasterCard and the law firm of Wapner Newman Wigrizer Brecher & Miller. Lisa has been in numerous group and solo shows and is the recipient of several awards, most recently, the Yvonne M. Kelly Memorial Prize for Mixed Media from the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, PA.
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