Lisa Cunningham

I believe the desire to create art has always been with me.  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 contemporary realist, with degrees in fine art and education, I am an artist who creates paintings that focus on architecture and cityscapes, with light playing an important role in my work.  

Using soft pastels and layering techniques, my 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.  The interaction of people and nature set amongst an architectural backdrop can also be found in my work.

My work has been juried into many regional and national exhibitions, won awards, and has been collected by art enthusiasts in several states.  I am honored to be a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, as well as the Connecticut Pastel Society, The Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and the Pastel Society of New Jersey.  Other affiliations include membership in the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, The Salmagundi Club, Audubon Artists, and the American Artists Professional League.