A Decade of Landscapes by Lisa McShane

March 11 – May 28, 2021

The Jansen Art Center is pleased to welcome Lisa McShane for an exhibit of her work. The exhibit opens on March 11 and will be on display through May 28, 2021.

Artist Statement

Light is the main element in my paintings. I use layers of oil paint, wax, and resin, usually over linen, to create deeply luminous paintings of light and the way it falls on land and water. I want my work to breathe and to convey the beauty of our world, though I don’t paint an untouched landscape. My work includes our impacts: wildfire smoke, a road, the reflection of refinery lights, contrails.

I love to look at art: Jacob Lawrence’s compositions, George Inness’ paint handling, Sanford Gifford’s skies, and the way Brueghel abstracts his subjects. I see art not only as an essential conversation with people today, but with artists across the centuries.

My work is increasingly abstracted. I find I have less to say about specific places, and more to convey about the embrace of light on landscapes, whether I’m looking down at a reflection on a river or at a wide horizon line. My images often start with a photo, then are abstracted through rough sketches, then drawings, and finally, the layers of the painting.

Artist Bio

Lisa McShane is a painter of large, luminous landscapes. Her paintings are abstracted, layered, graphic and focused on light and the effect of light on the land and water.

One of her paintings was on exhibit in the American Embassy in Yemen and another is in the collection of the Washington State Governor’s Mansion in Olympia, Washington. Her studio is on Samish Island, where she shares 15-acres of forest with heron, bald eagles, owls, and deer.

Exhibit Artwork

Artwork can be purchased through our Gallery Shop and will be available for pickup when the exhibit closes. Please email [email protected] or call 360-354-3600 for more information.

Please note, the Jansen Art Center does not ship artwork.

Photo by Lincoln Potter
Thank you to our generous sponsor:
Lisa McShane_Harvest, Blue Mountains WEB

Harvest, Blue Mountains
Oil on Linen Panel


Lisa McShane_Trees on the River

Trees on the River
Oil on Linen Panel


Lisa McShane_Summer-Field

Summer Field
Oil on Linen Panel



Summer Storm
Oil on Linen on Panel


Lisa McShane_Horse Heaven Hills Morning

Horse Heaven Hills Morning
Oil on Linen Panel


Lisa McShane_Horse Heaven Hills Evening

Horse Heaven Hills Evening
Oil on Linen on Panel


Lisa McShane_The Day the Clouds Blew Through

The Day the Clouds Blew Through
Oil on Linen
30″x60″ Diptych


Lisa McShane Farewell Bend 1

Farewell Bend 1
Oil on Linen Panel


Lisa McShane_Storm across the Flats

Storm Across the Flats
Oil on Linen Panel


Lisa McShane_Chopaka Silhouette

Chopaka Silhouette
Oil on Linen Panel


Lisa Mcshane The Center

The Center
Oil on Linen Panel


Lisa McShane_Morning on the Sea WEB

Morning on the Sea
Oil on Linen Panel


Lisa McShane_At Dawn, South Rim

Dawn, South Rim
Oil on Linen Panel


Lisa McShane_Rain on Ortigia

Ortygia Rain
Oil on Linen Panel


Lisa McShane_West_on_the_Nooksack

West on the Nooksack
Oil on Linen


Lisa McShane_North_Pond_Winter_Sunset

North Pond Winter Sunset
Oil on Linen over Wood Panel


Lisa McShane_Bonfire

Bonfire of the Patriarchy, 2020
Oil on Linen on Wood Panel