Lisa Macchi
lisa macchi, artist, abstract expressionism,
  expressive abstraction

Current Work

New Works on Paper

Red Thoughts

Beyond Blue


Oldwick Artist Returns

Current Exhibition

Past Exhibitions

Artist Statement



Intuitive. Improvisational. Instinctive.
Visceral. Seductive.

That is how I describe the experience of painting for me. It is a living, breathing process.
There is no guideline or map, no set goal other than to create something that a viewer will
be drawn into, to explore, contemplate and enjoy. I want to encourage interpretation in
what you see: hidden or visible; in front or behind; within or without.

It begins with a color... an image... a thought... From there, I explore it. I study it. I work with
it. I add other images shapes and colors. Then — I take something away. Through a layered collection of acrylics, paper, and mix medium, I create movement between what is concealed and what is seen. I watch it evolve as the relationship develops, constantly making choices.

I love to explore a repertoire of methods, forms, unique textures, bold colors, and shapes.
There is a Fauve quality to my work that emphasizes a painterly approach with strong color
choices, that come alive when I see how they all interact and react with each other. My
biggest inspiration comes from nature and the imagery that surrounds us and categorizes
what we see. I try to interpret all of those shapes, colors, and spaces through strata. Like nature,
it changes and moves. Each time you look at it, it's unique and gives you something else to see, feel, or think about.

I currently paint either on special paper that I temper and prime in a putty colored patina of gesso or large format canvases. I create a surface on the paper or canvas with texture and fresco. I feel that by adding an all over surface and color it gives the painting more depth
and substance rather than painting on a flat plain white palette.

My work process is one that creates a series of artwork comprised of anywhere from 10 to 40 plus pieces on paper or occasionally on canvas. I work within the series, exploring, and reworking the grouping. As one piece evolves, I will go back and adjust the others. I segue to the next series when I feel a new relationship forming within my work. I love the transitional process that
allows me to explore the development of a new image or idea.

For me, art is an evolution — a commitment, an addiction. It has become my passion.

Lisa Macchi

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