Lisa Cardenas

Lisa Cardenas-Ludolph grew up in El Paso, Texas and later moved to Dallas in 2004 where she spent several years studying art. In 2006, she enrolled in the College of Visual Arts and Design, in Denton, Texas, and continued on to graduate school in Dallas, Texas. Lisa currently works in her studio daily.
“I strongly feel that art should engage people on an emotional level where change of perception reveals something new to the viewer. When painting, I tend to incorporate what is my understanding of the world around me, often experimenting with different mediums exploring constant thoughts full of meaning. My work is based on how we are connected both with each other and within the world around us. Today, we are also Web-connected, which allows us to have more choices and freedom to develop creative solutions and share information globally. For me, painting allows me the opportunity to see reality with a clear vision. All art is real, based upon physical dimension and limitless possibilities of current imagination.”
Through a progression of applying various layers of paint, the scraping and removal begins to take place alluding to a hidden history, curiosity, and identity often impulsive only to return and continue the process all over again. The outcome is often vague and challenging observations, building relationships, by means of asking viewers to find their own meaning for the work.
A graduate of The University of North Texas (UNT), Lisa M. Cardenas currently holds a Master of Fine Arts and Technology from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Artist Statement: I strongly feel that art should engage people on an emotional level where change of perception reveals something new to the viewer. When painting, I tend to incorporate what is my understanding of the world around me, often experimenting with different mediums exploring constant thoughts full of meaning. My work is based on how we are connected both with each other and within the world around us. Today, we are also Web-connected, which allows us to have more choices and freedom to develop creative solutions and share information globally. For me, painting allows me the opportunity to see reality with a clear vision. All art is real, based upon physical dimension and limitless possibilities of current imagination.”
My current series “Eureka” was the great discovery moment from water displacement. Amidst inundating floods, we have witnessed moments of hopeful and colorful acts of kindness and heroism - Humanity's Eureka Moments. My new work is the application of gouache, inks, acrylics and watercolors onto the canvas one layer at a time allowing the drying process to take place, I then add more colors and manipulate them with different materials before the second layers of paint dry. Some paintings are scraped and or blotted to reveal the underlying colors.