Devon is a far cry from the wilds of her African childhood. Her grandmother painted the sparse expanses of the Namibian dunes.
Her mother paints the arid Kalahari Desert in Botswana. Perhaps it was inevitable that wherever Lisa settled, she would seek out the untamed landscapes surrounding her –
the Jurassic coastline and crumbling cliffs, the wilds of Dartmoor and the energetic rivers.
She aims to capture the mood and energy she experiences whether looking out to sea, standing on the top of a tor or exploring rivers and woods. Working mainly on canvas,
she uses whatever tools are at hand for mark-making: brushes, acrylic, oil, charcoal, palette knives, ink rollers, sticks, seedheads and found objects on the tide line.
I was born in Windhoek, Namibia and spent my early life on a remote farm in the Kalahari Desert. I studied Art and Design in Bloemfontein, South Africa, then moved to the UK, working as a Graphic Designer in London. Family life began in 2008 after settling in Devon. When my youngest started school, I began to revisit my art – initially commissioned portraits, still life and sketches, later painting landscapes. With my latest work, I experiment with mark-making and abstract expression.
I don’t have a fixed process.. When out and about, I do quick sketches and often take photos for reference. Some pieces are from ideas I want to explore, but the inspiration is nature – landscapes, rocks, earth and the skies and ofcourse flowers. Working mainly in acrylic on canvas but enjoying exploring mixed media, I use whatever tools are at hand: brushes, charcoal, palette knives, ink rollers, sticks, seedheads, found objects on the tide live, etc.