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Lisa Keane Art

Q1. Tell us where it all began

I have always Loved creating, drawing and painting ever since I was small, so it was only natural that I studied art in college. I graduated from WIT in 2007 with an Honours Degree in Art but it was not until I had my second son that painting came back into my life. I decided to stay home with my two boys and it gave me an opportunity to start painting again. I initially started painting Tramore and other local beaches with my boys as subjects.

My first Waterford painting came about while exhibiting at the outdoor art market ‘Art at The Apple Market’. I was captivated by the morning sun shining through the umbrellas that hung over John’s Avenue. I took a photo and went home to paint it. This was my first street scene and I immediately fell in love with painting buildings in lots of colour, and the rest is history!

“My first Waterford painting came about while exhibiting at the outdoor art market ‘Art at The Apple Market’.”

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Q2. What differentiates you from similar businesses in this area?

I like to paint our beautiful surroundings in a fun and colourful way. I want to make my paintings feel nostalgic and like a memory rather than replicating a photo.

I’ve developed this style over the passed few years and its all inspired by how my kids see the world and I want to try capture how they perceive things in my work.

“I like to paint our beautiful surroundings in a fun and colourful way.”

Q3. What would you say are the biggest challenges your business is currently facing?

As everyone knows, Its a hard thing to juggle everything, being a mum to 3 boys is a full-time job on its own let alone run a creative business. I try my best to allocate myself time to paint, to work in my shop, maintain an online presence and spend time with my family, these things need to overlap sometimes. If I could have an extra 5 hours in the day and not need them for sleep that would be amazing!

“As everyone knows, Its a hard thing to juggle everything, being a mum to 3 boys is a full-time job on its own let alone run a creative business.”

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Q4. What are your top ‘moments of joy’ over the past 4-5 years?

I am quite lucky to have a few great moments of joy over the passed few years. One of the top ones has to be painting the cover art for the Waterford News and Star’s Festive Star each year since its first publication in 2019. Each year the painting gets a wonderful reaction and each year we have donated the painting to charity. Last year’s painting went to auction for the WLR Christmas appeal and it raised €1000!

Opening an actual bricks and mortar shop is a huge one! I am part owner of cc creatives, an amazing gift shop on the Quay run by 7 local businesses working together. It is a huge pleasure and honour to have these ladies as business partners and friends.

I have visited pupils of Ballygunner and Waterpark primary schools for workshops and to show them my paintings up close. Its always such a lovely experience and I think its fantastic for kids who love art to see that they can actually do it when they grow up.

I recently sold the largest painting of The Quay I’ve ever painted to a local company who now have it hanging in their reception. When I saw the sale come through on my website I screamed and frightened my husband! It is such an awesome feeling when someone buys a painting, and when its your biggest one its even better.

“I am excited to explore the possibilities of future design projects and see where my artwork will bring me next.”

Q5. What does the future hold for your business?

The Future looks bright, I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon so there will be still lots of Waterford art to come. I have painted so many streets, pubs and buildings that have changed already and that will change so I think its also important to record how Waterford looks. I plan on expanding my “Pints In” series of paintings too, which celebrate the interiors of our wonderful pubs. I have painted some nighttime inspired paintings and I want to explore this colour palette more too.

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