I paint what I know—figures, still lifes, and landscapes—but push these “knowns” into abstracted places. I combine my love of color, form, line, and design without fully abandoning representation. While I maintain a practice of working from life, studies, sketches, and memory, I aim to exceed the lens of sight and to invigorate the senses. I am a mixed media artist who begins my work from a conceptual place. I work in a constant state of experimentation and discovery. I set out with no expectations. This offers great freedom and a fluid creative process. I select media based on what best serves an idea. It ranges from acrylic and oil, to flashe and collage. I also integrate drawing into painting with graphite and oil sticks — working directly into wet areas with line. All combined, these materials bring a physicality to the work.
In order to keep my logical brain out of the picture, I paint and draw with my non-dominant hand and often attach a brush to a 3-foot wooden dowel. This gets me back from the canvas and allows me to see the painting. My aim is to develop a visual story that contains unexpected marks and shapes that allow the viewer to enter into a conceptual space and create their own narrative.
I start a painting with the open mindedness of an explorer. I don’t fully know where any given piece will land but am certain that if I show up to work every day, it will arrive at its destination. Ultimately the process/act of creating is as important as the final outcome.
As a self-taught painter, artistic growth is critical to me. While transformation is a challenge on many levels, it forces me to go beyond what I think I know and feeds my curious nature.
2018 Outside The Lines, Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta, GA 2015 Tidal, The Banks Gallery. Portsmouth, NH 2012 Looking at Life, The George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME 2005 Still Life, The Family Tree, Portsmouth, NH SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2018 Kelley Stelling Contemporary, Fast Forward, Manchester, NH Whitney Modern, Essence, Los Gatos, CA George Marshall Store Gallery, Noonis, Dowd, Montenero, York, ME
2017 Mill Contemporary, RE/Configured, New Realism in the 21st Century, Santa Fe, New Mexico Green Hut Galleries Abstraction Invitational, Portland, Maine Green Hut Galleries Maine: The Way Life Is Invitational, Portland, Maine
2016 Piscataqua Artist Advancement Grant Finalist Exhibition, Discover Portsmouth Center Green Hut Galleries Biennial Invitational, The Portland Show, Portland, Maine 2015 What Artists Look Like, The Discover Portsmouth Center, Portsmouth, NH 2014 Change of Season: Invited New England Artists, The George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME Small Works, Principle Gallery, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA Curators Choice, The George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME
2013 New Views of the Old World, Alpers Fine Art, Andover, MA The Bridges of Portsmouth, Discover Portsmouth Center, Portsmouth, NH
2012 Celebrating the Working Waterfront, The George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME The Women of Walsingham, The Walsingham Gallery, Newburyport, MA From the Garden to the Kitchen Parts 1+2, The George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME
2011 Textures of Us, The Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, VT Boston International Art Exhibition, Represented by Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2010 Boston International Art Exhibition, Represented by Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2009 Boston International Art Exhibition, Represented by Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, MA Painting From Life, The Walsingham Gallery, Newburyport, MA
2008 Approaches to Stillness – Two person show, Alper’s Fine Art, North Andover, MA Figuratively Speaking – Three person show, The Walsingham Gallery, Newburyport, MA From the Fields and Forests– Coolidge Center for the Arts, Portsmouth, NH Invitational Holiday Exhibition, Sharon Arts Center, Sharon, NH
EDUCATION BA IN COMMUNICATIONS, ADVERTISING, ART University of Maine, Orono, 1985
ART TRAINING 2016 Representation to Abstract Drawing with Bill Flynn, 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH 2012 Master Class with Eric Aho, The Currier Art Museum, Manchester, NH 2001 Still Life Painting with Dennis Perrin, Perrin Studio, Kittery, ME 2004
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE NOONIS CREATIVE, Owner/Designer/Art Director, Since 1996
Design professional with over 20 years of extensive experience in the design of conceptual, and message driven creative.
Responsible for all aspects of creative strategy, design, art direction, production management, account management, and print management from concept to delivery.
Specialized in creating strong brands, corporate identities and collateral in addition to developing and producing print advertising, corporate communications collateral, and publication design and layout. Client base ranges from retail to consumer goods and services, industrial and high tech; and includes such fields as internal employee communications, education, and, health care.
COMMISSIONS 2012 Memorial Bridge Commission, Private Collection, Tom & Barbara Sedoric 2009 Portrait Commission, The Marcia Ryder Foundation, Kittery, ME
GRAPHIC DESIGN AWARDS New England Museum Association Publications Design Award, 2001 The Children’s Museum Promotional Brochure Healthcare Advertising Awards, 2001 Portsmouth Regional Hospital Logo/Letterhead Design Best of Show / 22nd Annual NH Graniteer Award, 1997 MicroArts Corporation Capabilities Brochure National Public Television Corporate Identity Award, 1999 New Hampshire Public Television Logo and Letterhead Design
SELECTED PRESS Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 39, East Coast Christopher Volpe’s Art Blog: Lisa Noonis: TIDAL at the Banks Gallery, 2015 The Sound, Chloe Kanner, True Hand, August 2015 Portsmouth Herald, Hitting Her Stride, Jeanne McCartin, March 2005
VOLUNTEER WORK 2015-2017 Board of Trustees for 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH 2015-2017 Gallery Committee Volunteer for 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH 2016-2017 Graphic Designer for Corpus Christi Parish’s Bring It Home religious education program