Front and Center
Oil on Canvas
18 x 36 inches
Lisa Molyneux was born and raised in Albany New York, spending every summer in Ontario, Canada. She knew from an early age that her life would revolve around making art. She attended the State University of New York at Geneseo and received Bachelor degrees in Art and Theater. During her last semester at SUNY, she was struck by a drunk driver and lost one of her legs. She spent almost a year in a hospital in Rochester, New York. This physical setback led to the decision to further her theater education at the Ohio State University and to complete a Master of Fine Arts degree in theater design. During this time she studied both costume design and set design. She was eventually able to walk again.
After finishing the three year program, she pursued a career as a designer, mostly designing costumes, for several theaters in the Midwest. While doing design work she realized that she was missing scene painting. She has, for the last 22 years been painting scenery for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Several years into this career she began creating her own oil paintings at home. She eventually decide to devote herself full-time to art.
Lisa's work varies in style and as the "Muse" strikes her, she may paint in either a realistic, impressionistic or abstract manner. Her subject manner is primarily swamps, bogs and different kinds of wetlands. She creates drama in each painting by using light, texture and color palette. Her paintings change as the daylight changesin the room where her paintings hang, this is by design, she has used warm and cool glazes to enhance the effect of light. She approaches each painting as if it were a stage setting, one that the viewer wants to enter, wearing rubber boots.