Featured Artist Lola Sandino Stanton

Whether painting people or flowers, artist Lola Sandino Stanton’s intimate portraits strive to capture the character and personality of her subject matter. Learn more about this artist and her work by visiting her website.

 

"Chinese and Cup Magnolias" Oil on Canvas, 30" x 24" by artist Lola Stanton. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Chinese and Cup Magnolias” Oil on Canvas, 30″ x 24″

 

As a painter, I have been increasingly attracted to two seemingly unrelated subjects—the human face and flowers. While exploring these subjects, I have come to see that both are variations of portraiture. Rendering the play of light across a face or a flower reveals their distinct individuality and undeniable beauty.

 

"Cockspur Coral Tree" Oil on Canvas, 20" x 16" by artist Lola Stanton. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Cockspur Coral Tree” Oil on Canvas, 20″ x 16″

 

Simply put, my quest is to find and show beauty. By weaving the elements of form, line and color into a particular composition and to render an accurate portrait, whether human or floral, my goal is to elicit from the viewer a kind of internal gasp of recognition, “Ah, yes, that is a beautiful painting.”

 

"Chinese Magnolia" Oil on Canvas, 30" x 30" by artist Lola Stanton. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Chinese Magnolia” Oil on Canvas, 30″ x 30″

 

My love for painting flower portraits started after I saw the work of Georgia O’Keeffe. I painted close-ups, as she did, but then expanded my vision. I approach the painting of a flower as I would a human’s face because it is just as complex.

 

"Hibiscus" Oil on Canvas, 20" x 16" by artist Lola Stanton. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Hibiscus” Oil on Canvas, 20″ x 16″

 

I concentrate on looking at how the light shines through the delicate petals revealing myriads of color tints and shades. It is nearly impossible to paint a flower as exquisite as the real one, but I try to be precise since every flower is unique, not only in its shapes and forms but in its personality, if you can say that about a flower.

 

"Katherine" Oil on Canvas, 24" x 40" by artist Lola Stanton. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Katherine” Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 40″

 

Of course, there is a difference between painting a person’s face and a flower. The rendering of a human’s features needs to be very accurate since a shadow, a wrinkle or a nose that is off by a centimeter or less will take away from the resemblance you are trying to achieve.

 

"Facets" Oil on Canvas, 36" x 24" by artist Lola Stanton. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Facets” Oil on Canvas, 36″ x 24″

 

I paint from photographs that I take myself, but I also attend portrait classes where I build my skills by painting from a live model.

 

"Magnolias in Central Park" Oil on Canvas, 18" x 14" by artist Lola Stanton. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Magnolias in Central Park” Oil on Canvas, 18″ x 14″

 

For me, painting is a slow process. Yet there is an exhilaration that comes from achieving an intimacy with my subject. It requires careful perception of how and where the light falls on the structure of the face or the flower.

 

"Plumeria" Oil on Canvas, 24" x 12" "Plumeria" Oil on Canvas, 24" x 12"

“Plumeria” Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 12″

 

Translating these observations into well applied paint on canvas, which hopefully becomes a good likeness, is terrifically satisfying.

 

"Katherine II" Oil on Canvas, 18" x 18" by artist Lola Stanton. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Katherine II” Oil on Canvas, 18″ x 18″

 

Recently I have started to combine my subject matter. I have been incorporating flowers into my portraits of people. It is a logical move, I suppose, and I am curious as to where it will take me.

 

"Jeffrey" Oil on Canvas, 20" x 24" by artist Lola Stanton. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Jeffrey” Oil on Canvas, 20″ x 24″

 

I feel, as an artist, that I am on a journey of exploration and each painting is a step along the way. At times the going is difficult, but always, always, worthwhile.

 

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Comments

  1. Sue Leffler says:

    Dear Lola,
    Your work just keeps getting better and better. These
    canvases are very beautiful. I’m so happy I own one!
    Love,
    Sue

  2. Thank you so much, Sue. You are the first to comment! I always love hearing from you.

  3. Lola,
    The paintings get more and more beautiful and accomplished — I’ve watched this happen over the years and it no longer surprises me. The flowers and portraits here are gorgeous. But what I really love is the statement of your processes and priorities. Your writing is eloquent, and insightful, and gives even more meaning and depth to your art. Congratulations on all your recent successes!!! Love, Kitty

  4. From a real novelist, that’s high praise! Thank you for your words, and thank you for stopping by the gallery last week! Lola

  5. Laurie Silver says:

    Lola, your work is so lovely! Congratulations on this!!!
    Laurie

  6. Thank you so much, Laurie! We need to get Jess to show some of his work.
    Positive comments validate all the effort one puts into the paintings.

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