I’ve written about Sophie a few times on this blog, an amazing little girl with incredible courage and a whole lot of spunk. I adore her and always welcome the chance to work with her. My last session with her turned out to be a collaboration of sorts. I was to photograph a few portraits of her, within her room, that would then be used as inspiration to create a painting, 24 x 30 acrylic on canvas to be exact. The artist commissioned was the ever-so-talented Lisa Lambertus of Lisa Lambertus Art & Design. I was over-joyed, couldn’t wait to see the finished project and became drunk with excitement to see what another artist’s eye would bring to our portrait session. The more I got to know Lisa, the more intoxicated my excitement became.Once Lisa and I got to chatting we decided it would be amazing to be able to see her process so she set to work with a time-lapse recording her every move, well every move in 30 second intervals that is.
Lisa is a self-taught artist from Ontario, Canada with her specialty being acrylics on canvas. In my opinion, she’s the “Jimmy Hendrix” of her craft; she has never had any formal training, taught herself and paints more from the heart than anything. In her own words,
“I started painting around the age of 17 but I have loved it, from a very young age. It heals my soul. I paint what inspires me. I fall in love or become emotionally touched by people’s lives. After that I have the need to capture them, to connect with the person on some level.”
Today, she channels her creativity primarily into her portraits, honoring those who have lost or continue to fight for their loved ones. She has also done a variety of portrait paintings for families with children currently fighting cancer. Currently she is working on a project to help raise funds for a beautiful baby-girl named Hazel, who (like Sophie) is also fighting a hard battle against cancer. Lisa’s long term goal is to eventually start up her own non-profit. In the meantime, she continues to paint her heart out and raise awareness. She’s a class act that Lisa Lambertus, as well as an amazing artist. I am proud to have been a part of this collaboration. I look forward to more with her.My “Portrait of Sophie” taken January of 2014