|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|Lisa has devoted her life to art. She was born in the artist's colony of La Jolla, California, where her father named her Lisa Danielle because ... "if she's going to be an artist, she's got to have a great name." With both of her parents being artists, she was provided plenty of encouragement.|
Lisa makes her home in Sedona, Arizona. Surrounded by the awesome beauty of the West, Sedona has given fuel to her creative fire. "It's added so many dimensions to my work that I don't know if I'd be able to do what I do and do it this well if I hadn't lived here."
Lisa's precise detail will catch a person's imagination and draw them into the piece. The bead work on the moccasins or the clarity of the photograph are aspects that make someone want to figure out what is the story of the painting. This detail is achieved through her full bodied complementing colors, depth and perspective, fall of light and shadows.
Lisa's work has been exhibited in the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, The Frederick Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, N.Y., The Colorado Springs Fine Art Center and The Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana. She has also been listed in Contemporary Western Artists, Arizona Galleries and their Artists, and Artists of Arizona.
|Biography from Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery Santa FeTucson:|
|"When you think about our lives, most of the things we experience are in some way tied to the past, and I want my art to make that connection. I guess that is why I love representational art as opposed to abstract. For me, it's rather like comparing non-fiction to fiction writing. There are so many incredible true stories out there that I prefer to paint them rather than create a make-believe world. Once fiction is over, it's gone, but the real stories endure the test of time, and we refer back to them again and again."|
Over the years, Lisa Danielle has also built up a diverse collection of historic memorabilia. She tells a story about her great-grandmother, who taught school on the San Carlos Apache reservation in southern Arizona.
"As a token of their affection, the Indians gave her a number of wonderful things, including baskets and pottery. When she died, she left them to my grandmother who just stored them in her attic. One day Grandma saw some of the western paintings I was doing, so she whispered to me that she might have a few things that I would find of interest. When I saw what she had, it took my breath away, for it was almost as if those things had been waiting just for me. That bit of history gives me a special connection to the objects I use in my work."
Recently, Lisa Danielle has begun to combine items from other cultures, including Oriental. "I began to see that life's an even bigger picture than I though," Danielle explains. "No matter what our heritage, the love of beauty is found all over the world." And Lisa Danielle's art does reach across national boundaries through Leanin' Tree Cards, which has published many of her images - she hears from people as far away Japan and Germany.
The universality of Lisa Danielle's work can be measured by the appeal of one particular image - a pair of red boots with a yellow star on top sitting in the window of an old stone barn. "It was one of the first images that Leanin' Tree published for me. In addition to being printed on several sizes of cards, it also appeared on tee shirts, refrigerator magnets, and even key chains. At last report, those boots had been reproduced more than a million times. I guess for many people this image was the essence of the west, and everybody who ever wanted to be a cowboy or cowgirl must have imagined themselves standing in those boots." She reflects, "Touching lives is the real legacy I want to leave with my art."
California State College at Long Beach, Art Major
Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles and Pasadena
Long Beach City College, Life Drawing Classes
Collections, Museums, Group Affiliations:
President, 5 yr, Women Artists of the American West
Favells' Musuem of Western Art and Artifacts, Klamath Falls OR
The Leanin' Tree Museum, Boulder CO
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO
Holter Museum of Art, Helena MT
Nicolaysen Art Musuem, Casper WY
San Bernadino County Offices
Forest Fenn, private collection
Works in Print:
The Leaning Tree Publishing Co., over 60 images in print
The 3M Company,
Guildhall Inc Publishing
Bruce McGraw Graphics
Bucilla Needlecraft and Stichery Design Co.
The Hamilton Collection "Lore of the West" Collector Plate Series
Great Guns of the Old West
History of the Osage People, Book Jacket and Frontspiece
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