Given both roots and wings by her artist parents, and even a name they felt would match her later achievements, Lisa Danielle was born in the artist colony of La Jolla, California. A pencil in hand at age two, a perfectionist at coloring inside the lines with the largest Crayola assortment available by age five, Lisa then moved on to colored pencil, then tempera, then oils; winning awards and eventually a partial scholarship towards her college art major.
Her path never wavering, her first full-time job was commercial illustration, but the limitations led, at the age of 23, to the launch of her career as a self-supporting fine artist, and she never looked back.
Quality open air art and craft shows abounded in the 1970’s, offering direct contact with collectors and their tastes in terms of subject, framing and presentation, a valuable connection Lisa still enjoys as an artist-in-residence at her local gallery.
In pursuit of a higher degree of perfection for her growing collector base, the need for more quality studio time led Lisa to hand-pick a few solid galleries to represent her work. Combined with what is now a happy 30+ year association with Leanin’ Tree publishing, Lisa’s paintings received a much wider, even international exposure. In 1981, a fortuitous move to another growing artist town brought all the elements together – subject, consistent inspiration, quality representation, and the peaceful space she’d always envisioned.
Painting and horseback riding on the outskirts of the beautiful artist colony of Sedona, Arizona for nearly 30 years now, Lisa lives the ideal Western lifestyle, providing experience to complement her knowledge of the Native American culture and Western heritage portrayed in her still-life paintings.
Living between Indian reservations and the great Southwest ranches; surrounded by her horses, Western research library, and extensive artifact collection, she has painted intimate ‘portraits’ of life in the historic Old West for over 30 years. Her resulting still-life paintings,now executed almost exclusively in acrylics, captivate viewers with their emphasis on “life”, to the delight of her half dozen galleries and two publishers, who readily find homes for her inspired, deeply researched, yet easy to live with paintings of Western Americana.
Her subjects, created by other hands in a different time, enchant us with their beauty. Lisa says, “So fascinating a study is this, really a study of our collective aesthetic, it is worth a lifetime of exploring in paint.”
Source: Paintbrush Ranch Studio
The Winged Warrior
Artist: Lisa Danielle (b. 1948)Description: Watercolor (1990) | Image Size: 8”h x 12”w; Framed Size: 16 ½”h x 20 ¾”w
On her website, www.paintbrushranch.com, Lisa Danielle shares "Connections amaze and inspire me. 'To walk in beauty', as the Navajo say, is harmony; a connection to eternity through a God-given universal aesthetic that nurtures our spirit. My paintings' design connects the viewer to what other hands created in beauty five decades or five millennia ago. My inspiration ranges from Old World to rustic Americana to prehistoric antiquities, though the cowboy and Indian cultures of the last century are closest to my heart. In my studio, my landscape, my world I seek a curving line, a juxtaposition of textures, a visceral excitement. Then the vision comes; my life's purpose - to bring it into being for someone yet unknown. Dramatic light draws across a room; intimate details reward closer inspection. The connection is made; the cycle is complete.
We walk together in beauty."
Artist: Lisa Danielle (b. 1948)Description: Watercolor (1984) | Image Size: 6”h x 8”w; Framed Size: 16.5”h x 18.5”w
Lisa Danielle was born in 1948 in La Jolla, CA. Her parents, also artists, taught her how to draw and negotiated her first art sale. Having won numerous awards while young, she earned a scholarship and attended California State University at Long Beach and the Los Angeles Center of Design. Three years later she worked at an advertising studio. After having developed a fascination with Indian artifacts, Lisa began portraying them in the realist fashion. Through the years her range of subject matter has also included rustic Americana and prehistoric antiquities, but the cowboy and Indian cultures of the last century remain close to her heart.
“When you think about our lives, most of the things we experience are in some way tied to the past, and I want my art to make that connection. I guess that is why I love representational art as opposed to abstract. For me, it’s rather like comparing non-fiction to fiction writing. There are so many incredible true stories out there that I prefer to paint them rather than create a make-believe world. Once fiction is over, it’s gone, but the real stories endure the test of time, and we refer back to them again and again.” Indeed, “Classics” endures.