Lois Shipley

When asked why Lois chooses to paint landscapes, her reply is “because a landscape painting is a remembrance of a natural moment in time, whether the moment is magical, powerful, or mundane.” Just like truth can sometimes be more interesting than fiction, nature, to Lois, is often more interesting and beautiful than something made by humans.

Although, Lois’s oil paintings usually reveal that a landscape was touched by a human even if it is only a dirt road carving its way through a field or forest. She is intrigued by how nature may take something man has made and adds her own artistic touch of a patina or rust, or weathers a board. Old structures being reclaimed by nature have often been an inspiration for her paintings. “The textures and shapes offer so much to play with!”

Lois is inspired by everyday landscapes near her home in rural Virginia and from her travels. Her paintings are a record of her journey. Always mindful of a potential painting, Lois takes her own photographs to use later as a resource. While working on a painting, she conjures her way back to that moment in time. Lois relishes the times when someone who views her painting conjures memories of their own journey as well.

Lois is a graduate from Shepherd College (now University) with a Bachelor degree in Art Education. Before retirement, she was employed by The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education in Montpelier, VA, first as Executive Director, more recently as Art Gallery Director. Lois has been an exhibiting member of James River Art League in Richmond since 2006, and currently serves on their Executive Board as Chair of the JRAL Gallery at Crossroads. She is also a member of Virginia Plein Air Painters.