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!
"LISA’S COLLECTION OF WORK IN MULTIPLE MEDIA IS A UNIQUE EMBODIMENT OF SELF-EXPRESSION."
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
Illinois Central College
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
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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