Through my artwork, themed mainly around nature, in a mix of representational and abstract, my hope is to give the viewer a visual story to feel, experience and connect with the world through color, line, symbols and textures to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their relationships, and the natural world.
Originally from the midwest, I spent over 17 years in Boston, MA, and now I live, play and paint in Portland, OR.
In addition to abstract and watercolor wildlife paintings, I create greetings, and write and illustrate children’s books to help kids strengthen their relationships with the natural world.
I also am the founder of the Dirty Boots Project, and co-founder of Root 22, two environmental wellness projects in which I use my writing, art, wellness, outdoors enrichment, and love for working with people to help inspire, empower and educate them to live healthier, happier and more socially and environmentally connected lives.
You can find my work on ETSY, Amazon, Instagram, Facebook, FAIRE and my personal storefront: Lisa Coriell Art
STORY AND STATEMENT
If you've browsed my work at all you'll notice a spectrum of differing styles, depending on the nature of the work. In my years creating, many of those were spent in frustrated attempts to hone in on one district, unwavering style representative of everything I want my work to say.
A lot of those years were dedicated to exploration - which is a tidy way of saying in hindsight that I stopped, started, changed mediums, put the brush down for a long time, picked it back up, threw it down, threw away a lot of my work, broke up with art, got back together again, doubted myself, my voice and my skill,, and then finally, opened myself up to art completely and committed to immersing myself in my relationship with it.
Once I committed to it, I went back to spending many hours painting, drawing, writing, studying, soul-searching, and trying on different forms of expression, medium and purpose. In those years, I found not one but many voices, and just as one person has many facets to their unique personality, so does the voice in my work. Each facet of my overall artistic voice serves a unique purpose depending on the message, use and audience involved.
However while those voices may change in pitch, timbre, volume and intonation, there are many of the same themes threading throughout: Empowerment, Inspiration, Interdependence and Connection.
Most often I use nature as a mirror of ourselves, with its balanced rhythms, to demonstrate that nature's interdependence is the driving force behind its beauty and continuity. I hope to offer inspiration to empower others toward self-awareness, connection and environmental wellness to help them discover the gifts of a sense of belonging and place that will deepen their relationships with themselves, others and our natural world, to contribute to happy and healthy life for everything here on this beautiful planet.
Now that I have found my place, and my unique voice, in addition to making art I also help others find their voices, and find comfort and even healing in creating art just as I have.