Lois Shipley gathers inspiration from everyday landscapes in rural Virginia and from her travels. Sometimes she sketches in the field with watercolor or pencils, but usually returns to water-soluble oils for the landscapes she loves to paint.
Having been juried into and received awards in several exhibits over the years, Lois has received accolades, such as, “a very nicely composed and beautifully painted piece … has a wonderful feeling of sunlight captured in a loosely and quickly painted plein-air style,” and “Lois has made a bold statement by turning this scene of industrial architecture into a beautiful painting.”
The experience of painting on site, en plein air, recently has shifted the way she perceives her subject, resulting in softer, more subtle lines, and perhaps greater realism as it reveals the play of color and the movement of light and air.
A graduate in art education from Shepherd University, Lois has most recently worked at The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education, first as executive director, then as art gallery director. She is a member of the James River Art League in Richmond and serves on its
board of directors, and she is a member of the Virginia Plein Air Painters Association.