“Early to Rise,” oil on canvas by Lisa Kyle
“Early to Rise,” oil on canvas by Lisa Kyle
A lifelong artist, Kyle attempts to capture the effects of light in the landscape. She was an architect for 25 years,  giving her work a strong underlying sense of composition.  

“We moved to Maine two years ago so that I could pursue painting full-time, rather than splitting my time between architecture and painting. I am constantly striving to become a better painter, trying to capture the paintings that I can see in my mind’s eye. I am not trying to be photorealistic. There is a visceral quality to oil painting that I love. It allows me to say: I was there, in the wonder of that moment, in that special light.

“I live in Waldoboro and paint primarily the midcoast from Boothbay Harbor to Rockport. I paint plein-air whenever possible. I try to capture the quality of the light, the simplicity of the vernacular architecture, the subtle colors of the meadows. I am constantly stunned at the ceaselessly changing blues of the waters, whether they are the ponds, rivers, or the ocean. 

“A lot of people say that my work is serene, and there is a serenity in nature that I am trying to capture and share with the viewer.”

Kyle’s paintings are on view at Landing Gallery, 409 Main Street in Rockland, as part of the gallery’s “New Artists” exhibit.