Unfettered happiness fills Lisa Houck’s rolling landscapes and playful garden scenes. Her paintings blend the geometric and the curvilinear, the solid and the patterned, layering together rippling flora, half-moon hills, perfect cracker-box houses, and sweet residents of the backyard.
Curling, Swirling, Twirling and Unfurling
Image from Lisa Houck’s board book,
Flowers Grow All in a Row
Houck (American, b. 1953) paints in watercolor and oil, creates block prints and mosaics, and is known for her contributions to public art. Her mosaics and murals can be found on display in medical centers, libraries, and parks. “I love the idea of art living in a neighborhood and being a part of people’s daily lives,” writes Houck. “The mark of success for me is if a piece earns its place and becomes an integral part of the community.”
Houck’s work with public mosaics has clear parallels to her paintings. “I love the surfaces and colors of mosaic tiles and the way they can express the meticulous patterns I use in my paintings,” she writes. Abundantly decorative but never overwhelming, paintings such as Landscape with Visitors
or Curling, Swirling, Twirling and Unfurling
exemplify her merry depictions of nature and the intricate interactions between color and pattern in her work. Here she deftly presents day alongside night and frequently plays with scale, so that a budding flower becomes as big as the sun. Her works show the presence of humans but rarely depict them, lending a quiet feeling to the joyful world she has created.
Now based in Boston, Houck graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions, and her work is held in many public collections.
Landscape with Visitors
Mountains and Marigold