Wednesday, September 09 2015
I was born in Canton, Mississippi not to far from Jackson Mississippi. Canton is a historical town framed by original buildings from the early 1900’s. As a child, I was influenced greatly by my community, church, parents and my grandmother who recently passed at the age of 98. I place my memories of my childhood in Canton on canvas. Through my art, I reveal the beauty of the South as I remember as a child and now as an adult. I paint about individuals that you will never see on TV or read about in a magazine. However, they were hardworking, proud, dedicated to God and dedicated to each other. Painting brings me peace and joy. It allows me to remain grounded and connected to my past. It allows me to tell the story an honor those that I grew up with in my community.
My art is derrived from my memories, my experience and my perception of my hometown community as a child. My art is from my spirit. I can only paint what I feel. I am a memory painter. I am completely self-taught. I have never taken an art class other than what was offered in elementary school. However, as with most folk, self taught and outsider artists, in the midst of the simplicity of style and technique there is deep meaning and feeling. I hope that my art will remind people of times that were simple but beautiful. Through my art, I tell stories and paint a picture of the rural South. To me the most important component of my art are the stories that I tell. I enjoy touching the heart and the spirit of others with my art.
Lisa Cain, Ph.D.