About Lisa David Contemporary American Realist
I grew up in the suburbs of Clifton Park, New York during the 1960's and 1970's. One of four children, we spent summers in the Adirondack Mountains, camping in our Leisure Time pop-up camper. My dad was a scientist, my mom attempted domestic life!
I earned an B.S. from SUNY Potsdam, majoring in Art Studio (Photography and Pottery). I have been fortunate to have four successful careers in the arts: a photographer, potter (founder and owner of Picket Pottery), painter and teacher. I have never veered away from my love of simple, positive, American subjects.
I currently teach advanced drawing and painting at my alma mater Shenendehowa High School, in Clifton Park, NY. I spend summers painting at my cabin in the Adirondacks. I hope you enjoy my story and my paintings. Maybe they trigger a memory of a similar moment in your own American life! Have fun and keep making memories.
ARTIST STATEMENT: Tang, sprinklers and the Price is Right. The makings of a perfect summer morning in a not so perfect suburban home. My childhood left me wondering what is “normal?” I watched hours upon hours of TV: The Brady Bunch, Mary Tyler Moore, Bewitched and countless more. My work pulls from TV memories and my own romanticized idealistic moments. Growing up in Saratoga County, Upstate New York, and the Adirondacks, the four seasons created a rhythm to life. Subtle changes in the time of year, a change in lighting during a certain time of the day, a song, a smell-whatever the trigger, I have to paint it. For me, my paintings are a single still frame from an old home movie. The subjects I paint will hopefully trigger a memory and take you to a time and place you haven’t visited in a while. To deepen the memory, I love to push color saturation. I compose my work with a strong point of entry, making it accessible to anyone, either by the subject, lines and shapes. It just feels good.