LISA LOFTON

acrylic

CONCERT RECEPTION EXHIBIT
JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

MAY 26, 2023

The Artist

Artist Statement

I am a 2-D artist using acrylic on canvas as my primary medium.   I do like to create mixed media pieces combining collage, ink, charcoal, and acrylic.  Recently I have been using clear resin as a medium to coat my images and make their colors even more vibrant and add an amazing glass like finish to the pieces.  My love of pop art and all things illustrative have influenced my work greatly.   With a background in architecture and drafting I have a fondness for old buildings and functional objects with history, with a story.  I search for subject matter with an open mind and feel that no apparatus, scene, or person cannot be depicted in a way that will result in a reconnection to it.  What is considered often mundane and ordinary has a functional history and beauty.

One of my favorite pieces was a color study of a Bob’s Barricade that lived under the Main Street Bridge in Jacksonville Florida for months.  The barricade was bashed and beaten.  The barricade bowed down to passing traffic.  It served its purpose well.  This simple object was recreated on canvas with inks, acrylics, and charcoal in four different color palettes and ever-changing tonal values.  The image was a commentary on how as we grow older, our experience makes us more interesting.  We all serve a purpose and there is beauty in a well lived life, battle wounds and all.   It also reminds us how badly people drive in Jacksonville.

I like the humor that can be found in an object, place, or time.  My current series, “Vintage Florida” was born out of a pandemic and the reminiscence of a carefree and joyful time of discovery in my life.  As a transplant in childhood, I saw the State of Florida as a wonderful adventure with so much to offer a visitor.  Born in the 60’s, many of my Florida pieces reflect memories of objects and places that have brought me a sense of happiness and peace. 

For me, painting is like reading a well-loved book, a vehicle for escapism when needed, and always a path to understanding myself and my surroundings.  There is more than an intrinsic value in things, their relationship with a person gives them a new identity that is often sentimental and priceless.  I hope to revive fond memories for each viewer with my ongoing series, “Vintage Florida”.   Welcome to Florida and a Sunshine State of Mind!

Artist Bio

Lisa Lofton is the President of the Art Center Cooperative, Inc., and the Vice President of the Jacksonville Artists’ Guild.  Lisa is also a member of the Art League of Jacksonville.  She was a resident of Jacksonville Beach for thirty years and currently resides in Murray Hill, Jacksonville. She studied Architectural Design and Fine Art at the University of Florida and Information Technologies at the University of North Florida.  She ended up working in computer technologies for the better part of her professional life; 12 years as a senior project manager of a fortune 500 company and another 15 years as a graphic designer, web designer, and marketing manager for a European Linen retailer.  For the last seven year she has focused all her attention on her artistic endeavors. 

Lisa is a 2-D Artist who works primarily with acrylic on canvas.  She also enjoys the use of a variety of mediums.  Her current works depict Jacksonville and Florida as a whole.  Her paintings are influenced by the architecture, people, landscape, and industry of her city and state.  Her bright illustrative style invites an emotional connection to a time and place.  She enjoys the combination of bright acrylic colors, washes, charcoal, resin and ink.  She is continuing to work on an ongoing Series titled, “Vintage Florida” which was inspired by a diner placemat depiction of Florida.  She is also creating a variety of mixed media pieces that explore the diversity of dance and music and how these forms of art have continually connected us as a community.  Her works are in private collections in Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, and Missouri.  She has been commissioned to depict local buildings, cityscapes, and Jacksonville Iconography.

Loftonweb@gmail.com

 

Daniela Liebman

In addition to its outstanding concerts and educational outreach programs, BFAS also presents an art exhibition from a regional visual artist at each home concert.

Works are showcased at the concert and at the reception following each concert. Concert attendees are able to meet the artists at the reception. The exhibition remains in place for several weeks and works are available for purchase.

VENUE

St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
465 11th Avenue N.
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

LISA LOFTON

acrylic

CONCERT RECEPTION EXHIBIT

 JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

MAY 26, 2023

In addition to its outstanding concerts and educational outreach programs, BFAS also presents an art exhibition from a regional visual artist at each home concert.

Works are showcased at the concert and at the reception following each concert. Concert attendees are able to meet the artists at the reception. The exhibition remains in place for several weeks and works are available for purchase.

VENUE

465 11th Avenue North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

The Artist

Artist Statement

I am a 2-D artist using acrylic on canvas as my primary medium.   I do like to create mixed media pieces combining collage, ink, charcoal, and acrylic.  Recently I have been using clear resin as a medium to coat my images and make their colors even more vibrant and add an amazing glass like finish to the pieces.  My love of pop art and all things illustrative have influenced my work greatly.   With a background in architecture and drafting I have a fondness for old buildings and functional objects with history, with a story.  I search for subject matter with an open mind and feel that no apparatus, scene, or person cannot be depicted in a way that will result in a reconnection to it.  What is considered often mundane and ordinary has a functional history and beauty.

One of my favorite pieces was a color study of a Bob’s Barricade that lived under the Main Street Bridge in Jacksonville Florida for months.  The barricade was bashed and beaten.  The barricade bowed down to passing traffic.  It served its purpose well.  This simple object was recreated on canvas with inks, acrylics, and charcoal in four different color palettes and ever-changing tonal values.  The image was a commentary on how as we grow older, our experience makes us more interesting.  We all serve a purpose and there is beauty in a well lived life, battle wounds and all.   It also reminds us how badly people drive in Jacksonville.

I like the humor that can be found in an object, place, or time.  My current series, “Vintage Florida” was born out of a pandemic and the reminiscence of a carefree and joyful time of discovery in my life.  As a transplant in childhood, I saw the State of Florida as a wonderful adventure with so much to offer a visitor.  Born in the 60’s, many of my Florida pieces reflect memories of objects and places that have brought me a sense of happiness and peace. 

For me, painting is like reading a well-loved book, a vehicle for escapism when needed, and always a path to understanding myself and my surroundings.  There is more than an intrinsic value in things, their relationship with a person gives them a new identity that is often sentimental and priceless.  I hope to revive fond memories for each viewer with my ongoing series, “Vintage Florida”.   Welcome to Florida and a Sunshine State of Mind!

Artist Bio

Lisa Lofton is the President of the Art Center Cooperative, Inc., and the Vice President of the Jacksonville Artists’ Guild.  Lisa is also a member of the Art League of Jacksonville.  She was a resident of Jacksonville Beach for thirty years and currently resides in Murray Hill, Jacksonville. She studied Architectural Design and Fine Art at the University of Florida and Information Technologies at the University of North Florida.  She ended up working in computer technologies for the better part of her professional life; 12 years as a senior project manager of a fortune 500 company and another 15 years as a graphic designer, web designer, and marketing manager for a European Linen retailer.  For the last seven year she has focused all her attention on her artistic endeavors. 

Lisa is a 2-D Artist who works primarily with acrylic on canvas.  She also enjoys the use of a variety of mediums.  Her current works depict Jacksonville and Florida as a whole.  Her paintings are influenced by the architecture, people, landscape, and industry of her city and state.  Her bright illustrative style invites an emotional connection to a time and place.  She enjoys the combination of bright acrylic colors, washes, charcoal, resin and ink.  She is continuing to work on an ongoing Series titled, “Vintage Florida” which was inspired by a diner placemat depiction of Florida.  She is also creating a variety of mixed media pieces that explore the diversity of dance and music and how these forms of art have continually connected us as a community.  Her works are in private collections in Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, and Missouri.  She has been commissioned to depict local buildings, cityscapes, and Jacksonville Iconography.

Loftonweb@gmail.com