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I am an artist and an animal lover living and working as an illustrator / textile designer in New York for over 20 years. Originally from Philadelphia I now share my home in Manhattan’s West Village with my dog Bingo who is a constant source of inspiration.

I began painting portraits of dogs and cats after I adopted my first dog Toby. He became the subject of many Christmas cards over the years which eventually led to having 2 books of my animal portraits published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang in 2001: The Well Bred Dog and The Well Bred Cat.

About 5 years ago I borrowed a very old sock monkey from a dear friend to use as a model for a textile design I was working on. I just loved his optomistic expression and the way his head flopped to one side so I decided to do a formal oil portrait of him. I was so happy with…

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  • Born on June 17
  • Joined June 8, 2010

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Oil on canvas, wood panel or paper

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About

I am an artist and an animal lover living and working as an illustrator / textile designer in New York for over 20 years. Originally from Philadelphia I now share my home in Manhattan’s West Village with my dog Bingo who is a constant source of inspiration.

I began painting portraits of dogs and cats after I adopted my first dog Toby. He became the subject of many Christmas cards over the years which eventually led to having 2 books of my animal portraits published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang in 2001: The Well Bred Dog and The Well Bred Cat.

About 5 years ago I borrowed a very old sock monkey from a dear friend to use as a model for a textile design I was working on. I just loved his optomistic expression and the way his head flopped to one side so I decided to do a formal oil portrait of him. I was so happy with the result that I began painting my own childhood toys and so Curious Portraits was born.

I feel that everyday objects close to our hearts have their own noble beauty just because they mean so much to us. I try to bring out their unique qualities and a little of the personalities I see in their faces. Seeing them come to life on the canvas is always a magical moment for me!

I work in oil on either canvas or wood panel in a traditional technique called grisaille. This just means that I begin with an under-painting using sepia and white and then build the color up through a series of subsequent glazes. I believe this technique gives the paintings a special inner glow and depth.

Visit my blog: www.curiousportraits.wordpress.com to see the current paintings in progress!

my website for additional work:
www.lisazador.com

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