About Lisa Kyle
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As far back as I can remember, I have loved to draw and paint. I always wanted to be a painter. Even while I began practicing architecture, I studied painting. I took classes wherever my husband and I lived – at SMU in Dallas, at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah and at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Maryland. More impactful, I also studied privately with many artists including Scott Christensen, Jill Carver and Lori Putnam. My dream was always to paint full time, one day, some day.
I spent many years as a residential architect, squeezing in time to paint whenever I could: early mornings before going to an office, or on the weekends after chores. In 2006, I had a sort of rude awakening when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I realized that a lot of the cliches are true: life is short, life can turn on a dime, you should follow your dreams, and there is no time like the present. After finishing cancer treatments in 2007, I began to make a plan: to live somewhere beautiful and to paint for a living. I now know that dreams can indeed come true.
It took a few years for my husband and I to get here, but we moved to Maine in 2016! We live in an old 1830’s farmhouse that we renovated and restored. Like most old houses, it is a work in progress, a never-ending project. In 2017, I began painting full time and have relished every moment of it! I love exploring the areas around our home in mid-coast Maine and also Acadia to find inspirations to paint! I love trying to capture the energy and emotion of a landscape in paint. I love knowing that I am finally where I am supposed to be.
I begin paintings with sketches, and often paint plein-aire or on-site. I have learned that I am a fair-weather painter though! In the winter, I paint in my studio, using sketches, on-site paintings and photographs as sources of inspiration. Whether they are created in the field or in my studio, I try to capture some of the beauty of the natural world –
the quality of the light,
the simple yet compelling forms of the vernacular architecture,
the subtle colors of the meadows,
the magic at sunset.
I am constantly stunned at the ceaselessly changing blues of the waters, whether they are the ponds, rivers, or the ocean.
The more that I paint, the more convinced I am that Art is Important – it feeds our soul. My calling is to lift up nature by creating beautiful objects so that others can live with the beauty and serenity of nature in their homes.
I am excited to help you bring some moments of wonder into your home.