I am a painter and percussionist from Oakland, California.
My current paintings are based on experiences in traditional communities of Cuba and Niger. I have traveled to Cuba often
since 1995 to study music and folklore. Inspired by the flourishing traditions on the island, I have done an extensive series
of paintings on the subject of folkloric music and dance.
In the summer of 2004 I spent three
weeks in Niger, West Africa. I was impressed by the beauty and energy of the people I met, and from snap shots I created a
series of gilded portraits of Hausa and Fulani farmers and herdsmen from the Sahel, just south of the Sahara. Because of their
formal, idealized poses and gold, copper and silver leaf backgrounds, the portraits recall the Byzantine icons of Russia and
I have a BFA from UC Berkeley, and an MFA from San Francisco State University. My work
has been exhibited throughout the greater Bay Area, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Havana. I teach Drawing and Painting at the
College of San Mateo, and at Maybeck High School in Berkeley. I am a member of an all female vocal and percussion ensemble
PORTRAITS FROM FAR & NEAR
at the Addison Street
2018 Addison Street
April 15- May 30th
Reception: April 17th 6- 8pm
Lisa Esherick and Susan Matthews, both East
Bay figurative painters and art educators, address the issue of portraiture from different perspectives.
Whereas Matthews has deliberately removed her subjects from their literal surroundings, Esherick
has done the reverse, portraying her subjects in the context of their working environment. Both, however, see portraiture
as a means of honoring and conveying stature and dignity to their subjects.
Through their respective processes, both artists attempt to raise awareness about issues facing the particular communities
that are exemplified by the individuals presented in these portraits.
Addison Street Windows Gallery is a project of the Civic Arts Program of the City of Berkeley in cooperation with the Civic
Arts Commission. For information about the exhibition please contact Susan Matthews at susanmat@Lmi.net or Lisa Esherick at email@example.com. For information about the Windows Gallery please contact the curator of the Addison Street
Windows at (510) 981-7546, or Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator at (510) 981-7533.