The works of Lisa McLaughlin will be featured this month in the art galleries of the Gordon JCC.
McLaughlin is an Ohio native who earned her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Toledo. In 1989, she relocated to Nashville and began a career in the music business, designing and selling merchandise for various country and rock musicians.
Lisa is a founding member of Contemporary Collective, a local group of abstract artists. She is also an active, contributing member of the Nashville Artist Guild serving as their newsletter editor.
“Abstract has become my favorite style of painting in recent years,” she says in a statement. “My process typically starts with movement and feeling. I rotate the canvas, layering colors and textures, until the piece eventually resolves itself.
“Although unintentional, it seems that my extensive travel experiences heavily influence my work. Oftentimes the essence of a specific place makes itself apparent once the painting is finished.”
McLaughlin is also a photographer. “I spend nearly 200 days a year working on the road, and because I can’t bring my canvases along, I have taken up photography,” she says. “It began as a way to record places and things for future painting reference, but it has taken on a life of its own. … I often find as much beauty and interest in graffiti or a rundown building as I do in a famous landmark or beautiful sunset.
The artist reception will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 10, from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at the Gordon JCC. •