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The Rude Passion of Red

by Lisa Timmerman

"My paintings are built on many layers, the canvas invariably starts off red. 

Coming from a design background, I have an idea or a plan of how I want the piece of work to progress and very often write lists and plans before I start. What often happens though is that I discover something new and exciting as I'm working and go off at a tangent following the natural flow of the work!

Although the canvas often starts off red, sometimes there are only tiny flecks of red left in the finished piece but to me they are just as important as the rest. Each painting may have changed colour-story and character many times before it feels right and ready for 'release'. Other times just the red alone feels right.

My priority is always to give expression in the mark making, to put as much feeling and depth into the painting as I can through colour. To texturise it, to give it character and warmth, to take the viewer away from the cold world of computer-aided-design that we are surrounded by and into the warm natural world of the painters and craftspeople."

Lisa Timmerman is a Leicestershire artist working from her studio in Foxton.


She trained at Loughborough College of Art & then went on to do a degree in Fashion & Textiles at Bristol College of Art. She worked for many years in the fashion industry in London & East Asia before settling back in Leics.


Her work can currently be spotted in many places around Leics. including ‘Croft Wingates Gallery’, ‘Quinns Gallery’, ‘Wistow Gallery’, ‘The Staff of Life’ pub & restaurant in Mowsley & ‘The Old Barn’ in Glooston.


An accomplished portrait painter, Lisa paints all portraits in oils and regularly works on commissions from photographs.


Lisa has a distinctive style which has evolved as a result of her fashion & textiles history, her desire to be experimental & her life experiences.

During 2013 Lisa is looking forward to exhibiting in London & Holland.


She opens her studio & own gallery on Swingbridge Street to the public every September as part of the ‘Harborough Open Studios’ and also opens by appointment throughout the year. If you would like to see more of Lisa’s work or may be interested in a commission, please contact her at :


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