Schoolhouse Art Studio: Lisa Golightly

Lisa Golightly, an artist living in Portland, Oregon, works with acrylic and house paint, using found photos to create work that is both anonymous in nature but also very personal. Her Floodline series, created exclusively for Schoolhouse, is meditative and engrossing. Lisa gives us a glimpse into her studio routine and shares her favorite artists and her go-to sources for inspiration. 



How would you describe your work and yourself as an artist?

"I work in both figurative and abstract. I bounce back and forth between them, usually when I feel stuck. Taking that step back helps me stay engaged and fresh and they certainly influence one another."

What does your creative process look like from start to finish?

"For my abstract work, I typically start with small paint sketches to work out a general composition. I sometimes will also start with both found and my own photographs as a jumping off point. Even with these ideas to start from, I tend to work pretty in the moment and intuitively. My process is quite messy and involves a lot of water, so by the end both my studio and I are quite a picture. It's because of this that I titled the series 'floodline'." 

What do you hope to communicate, or have people experience, with your art and this series in particular? 

"This really depends on the painting, but in general the painting is a success if there is an experience. Whatever that may be, whether it's internal, or they are taken somewhere outside of themselves." 


Are there any rituals or routines you follow while creating?

"It all starts with coffee and more coffee. I will usually start an album - I'm a 'listen-to-an-album-all-the-way-start-to-finish' kind of person - but by the time the first one finishes, I'm so engrossed in my work, I forget to put another on."

Where do you go when you’re craving inspiration?

"I'm an admitted art book hoarder, so I usually will sit down with a stack."

Who are your artistic or design influences/heroes?

"I have so many and the list only grows. I always say my dad first because he was the first artist I knew. I studied photography in college, so Sally Mann, Jock Sturges. As well as painters such as Luc Tuymans, Alice Neel, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye." 

What role does art and design play in your own home? Tell us about your decor style.

"My parents collected antiques and my dad was a painter so both of those influences are very evident in our home. I love to mix contemporary pieces - both art and furniture - I love the dynamic of old and new. Our house is the perfect example of this. It's a 1918 dutch colonial that we recently added a mostly glass contemporary addition to. I recently learned this is called a house mullet: traditional in the front, contemporary in the back. It's the best of both worlds!"

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