Lisa Tornatore | Artist


If you find yourself drawn to art that you relate to or feel emotionally, than you are in the right place. My mission is to help nourish chosen feelings, through empathy, compassion, and unity. This is especially apparent in my heart print series of work. Each heart print signifies an emotion I have been through. By sharing it with you I am inviting you to experience unity with me through empathy and compassion about these feelings. I welcome you to take a look around, experience my art, and engage with me! Visit my Blog, Instagram, or Facebook Page for info about my art and upcoming shows or events!

Artist Statement

My process begins with a drawing and develops into prints, paintings, or mixed media. I use a variety of media, but currently, I am focusing more on my printmaking. I find that some of my strongest images come through my printmaking. Printmaking allows me to create many of one image. Often I will create an edition of work, and later go back and make an adjustment or change, which creates a whole new edition of the same art. With a change of colors or changes to the plate, the new edition takes on a whole new feel and meaning.

Much of my art is expressionistic. I will explore a feeling or a response to something. My art touches on psychology, social issues, women's issues, and my own spiritual journey, as well as some fun and cheerful works in-between. The language I use in my artwork is created from my imagination and will often speak what I am feeling. I make a variety of sketches of the subject until I am satisfied that the way I have drawn the image best describes what I am feeling. After I have chosen my drawing, I then will choose a media or medias to create the artwork. Sometimes it almost feels like the drawing chooses the media in which I will create the final image. I often choose bright intense colors to evoke a strong emotional response to my work.

Some of my influences come from the great woodblock printmakers from Asia and Europe including Toulouse Latrec . I am also influenced by my other profession, graphic design. The composition, typography, and photography used influences my work greatly. The first photographer that I really felt strongly about was Barbara Kruger. Her strong images and the use of words she choses to accompany them, makes her work very strong and emotional.  I am also a huge fan of Frida Khalo’s art  and her use of health issues and different body parts as part of her visual language. I am influenced by so many artists and such a variety of things I sense, see, and feel that it is impossible to mention every influence I have had for my work, but these are a few that stick in my mind, I think about often, and blog about. I work and show in the Chicagoland area and have been creating art since I was very young. My favorite story from when I was little, is when I carved into the woodwork of our home. Ha ha! My mother wasn't too happy about that one. Anyhow, I love art and creating!

Artist’s Bio


MEDIA: top portion of heart - woodblock print, Bottom- reducto linoleum print SIZE: 10.5x14 Printed on archival cotton paper. For Sale Unframed

MEDIA: top portion of heart - woodblock print, Bottom- reducto linoleum print SIZE: 10.5x14 Printed on archival cotton paper.
For Sale Unframed

Be it in a painting, a print or a sculpture, the artist’s spirit is clearly translated in a way that invokes a sense of empathy from the bellows of every human mind.  Lisa’s deepest feelings are communicated through her art, and her work is intended to capture and evoke emotion. Her skill not only enhances her conceived idea, but also refuses to compromise during the execution phase. Her thoughts are intertwined through her art language. Take the time to engage in a conversation with the artist and you will see how her artwork resonates vibrantly through her, and is rooted deeply in her heart.

Her birth into a conservative family, her sensitive and subtle nature, her love of beauty and natural inclination to express herself led her to pursue a degree in the fine arts.  It was a huge honor and great accomplishment for her when she was accepted to The School of Art Institute of Chicago, but she found her niche at Bradley University, where she graduated, and honed her natural skills in expression, color, texture, composition, printmaking, and design.

Lisa’s heart is integrated uniquely into her work – sometimes in a subtle way, other times it prominently dominates the piece.  Step into Lisa’s world through her art.  Her work promises kindness, empathy, vibrancy and above all - love to one's self.

Peoria Art Guild
Evanston Art Center
Noyes Cultural Arts Center
Petroff Photography Gallery
With the Buffalo Grove Artist League, the Long Grove Artists League, & Polish Arts Club of Chicago

Studied at:
Illinois Central College
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Bradley University


A Fellow Artist and Urban Planner

Lisa Tornatore captures reverie and raw emotion in a collection of introspective scenes and captivating portraits in print, paint, drawing and mixed media. The soft swashes and hazy hues of some works construct nebulous dreamscapes, while in others, forcefully rendered marks convey tension. Gazing portraits stare into the distance – sometimes directly through the audience – suggesting contemplation or soulful remembrance. Across media and subjects, Tornatore’s expressionistic work invites dialog on issues of identity, social constructs and the mind.

Creative Director at Pekin Insurance

Lisa worked for me as a graphic artist for nearly five years. In that time, she produced graphic projects of the highest quality. She designed flyers, newsletters, brochures, annual report covers, ads, and numerous other designs. Her designs were meticulous in artistic design and always very pleasing to the eye. While she was employed at Pekin Insurance, I purchased one of her ink pictures, and it still remains on my desk at work. We used one of her water colors for a high quality magazine ad. Her jewelry-making talent should not go unnoticed.  She has given me several pairs of earrings that she made as gifts and they are favorites in my jewelry collection. Lisa is most definitely an artist extraordinaire!

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I ship to continental U.S. addresses by USPS within 2 weeks of receipt of payment. Costs are dependant upon size, weight, shipping materials, and method. If you are not in the continental U.S. please contact me and we may be able to make some shipping arrangements.

Personal checks must clear before purchased items will be shipped. I accept only U.S. Dollars as currency.

All sales are final if the art work is not returned within 15 calendar days of receipt. Buyer must pay return shipping costs that include a receipt of confirmation with tracking number. Item must be received in the condition in which it was received by the buyer.

All artwork is signed. Please note that colors in some of the digital images may not match the colors of the original artwork.  All prints are made from plates made and printed by hand, resulting in slight differences in each print within all editions. Most measurements are given to the nearest inch.

Photography by Nancy Strahinic.

All reproduction and licensing rights to the artwork and images of artwork are reserved by Lisa Tornatore.