Navigating Ottawa by bicycle, along the canal, in the evening. In transparent shades of blue, violet and yellow-gold.
Cold wax finish gives this a beautiful luster. Ready to hang.
Lisa Woodward (b. 1961) is a Canadian abstract artist based in Ottawa, Canada. Self-taught, she paints bold, multi-layered abstract landscapes in acrylic and mixed media, influenced by earlier careers in environmental sustainability and international development. Woodward has strong connections with the rural landscapes of Ireland, India and Jordan, and the Canadian wilderness. The interrelationship between people and geography is a recurring theme in her paintings. Her work is held in private collections across Canada, the USA, Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Jordan, Myanmar, and Australia.
Land and people inspire my work.
I am fascinated with the ways we leave traces of our activity on rural lands – the paths, fences, fields – while the land in turn shapes us. Conversations about people’s local histories, their families and their work contribute to what I see in the land, what I remember about it, and how I choose to paint it.
Abstraction gives me a way to describe the deepest impressions I have about landscapes. Influenced but unconstrained by what I see in literal terms, I use expressive lines, colours, shapes and symbols to translate less tangible elements into my paintings.
My recent work has explored themes of journeys, migration, and how we connect with others across distances and long periods of time.
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This painting makes me think of dusk, when the lights start to come on, and you’re heading home across the fields. Bright points of aqua glow against darkening fields of blue and violet. Cold wax finish gives this a beautiful luster.
I painted this towards the end of the summer. We’d been out across the fields on dry, dusty paths, when the scorched grasses had a dark, tarry scent. I love that you can see through some of the layers in this painting - it has a rather ancient, organic feel. Cold wax finish gives this a beautiful luster.
This one reminds me of the route along the canal - a bit more circuitous than the road, but I can almost forget I’m in the city. In soft shades of blue, violet and a gentle grey. Cold wax finish gives this a beautiful luster.