Lisa Bussett


Inspired by aged faces that hint at lives fully lived, I paint vivid portraits that celebrate the lines of experience etched on a face – crow’s feet of happiness, crevices of sorrow, creases that reveal both good and hard times.

I paint in a jubilant riot of vibrant colors to create works that wander somewhere between realism and caricature. My portraits are not about capturing an external likeness of a subject, but rather an attempt to lionize the essence of each person. I purposefully focus closely on the subject, eliminating the distraction of background elements. This method keeps the meaning and scenario of my work open, allowing the viewer to project a personal interpretation onto each face and expression.

The eyes in each portrait, often over-sized, reveal the subject’s narrative; capturing that flash of experience, humor, melancholy, or that intimate, unspoken connection shared in a single glance. Although I use photographs as my starting point, I rely predominantly on the free-flowing processes of memory and creative imagination, and all of my paintings eventually turn into concealed self-portraits.

Lisa lives and works in Austin, Texas.