Centennial Art Center’s 2017 spring exhibit, A Walk in the Woods, celebrates the natural world with four artists exploring the textures, colors and glowing beauty of natural wood. Landscape paintings by Lisa Taylor, a local, Nashville artist combined with graceful handcrafted wood-turned vessels and sculptures by Barry Werner and Michael Holowach, and intricately sculpted furniture by Douglas Lawrence. The exhibit begins with an artists’ opening reception on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. Lending a more two-dimensional approach to A Walk in the Woods, Lisa Taylor’s expressive oil paintings convey feeling and a connection to nature with lush, verdant landscapes. Lisa feels her mission as an artist is to capture fleeting moments, aiming to represent not what is seen, but what is felt. Originally from a small town southwest of Nashville, Tenn., Lisa is an adjunct faculty member at Nossi College of Art, a professional art school in Nashville. She earned a Masters in Fine Art and a Bachelor of Science in Logistics from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in New York. She has been in numerous group and juried exhibits and is a national award-winning artist. She teaches Color Theory and Basic Drawing to students in Nossi’s Illustration Program. Lisa is an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, where she worked in Planning and Contingency Preparedness, filling numerous management positions and roles in Emergency Management. In addition to the lovely landscapes of woods and streams shown in this exhibit, Lisa paints expressive cityscapes, still lifes and figurative paintings….
Pushing yourself to be your best can be tough. You know all your own weak spots – procrastination, distraction, rationalization – recognizing them and learning to overcome them is extremely important in the creative profession. Lisa Taylor, an illustration instructor at Nossi College of Art, took a challenge to push herself by creating one new painting each day for 30 days. Many artists know this as a 30-Day Challenge, and in addition to finding inspiration for herself; Lisa is giving inspiration to other artists as well. “I am not a morning person at all,” said Lisa when discussing finding the time to paint each day. “I tend to be more active in the afternoon.” Lisa limits her painting hours to late evening because “It is one of the little flaws I have found (about myself),” she said. “If I have too much time, I get too meticulous and too much into detail.” She took that into consideration when starting her 30-Day Challenge in September. When painting every day, an artist learns about her approach, mixing colors and variations on brush strokes. She also discovered her drawing skills improved and decisions could be made at a much quicker pace. “It helps you in determining what kind of stuff you like painting and the colors you lean towards, and you may not realize it until you are done,” she said. Lisa’s focus as an artist changes and morphs because she doesn’t want to get burned out by staying on the same subject….