Lisa Faiz aspires to have the viewer relate to the definite feelings and emotions she is trying to express in her work. She likes to tell a story. With city scenes, Faiz tries to capture the people,... streets, and buildings within the city, depicting them as how she wants to see them. She also aspires to capture more intensity of action in acrylic paint and more happenings caught in a moments’ glance, like people interacting in everyday life. She hopes that the viewer feels whimsy and happy when looking at her work. She loves painting because it releases her needs to express through creation.
Lisa Faiz has painted most of her life and enjoyed it. She was mentored by her father who showed her how to appreciate perspective, light, color, vibrancy, shadows, and taught her how to see the imperceptible. Faiz’ mother and father are artists who ran their own art gallery at one point in time. In the eighties, she attended Central Technical School’s Special Art course studying graphic design, sculpture, pottery, life painting, drawing, still, art history, ceramics, etc.
She worked for twenty-five years with children, youth, and eventually adults in shelters who had brain related injuries. She also worked with adults diagnosed with autism, obsessive disorders, and mental health issues, as well as those with physical challenges. In the nineties, Faiz produced many paintings of Nevisian houses for the Eva Wilkins Art Gallery in Nevis West Indies, which her father and mother owned. Her paintings were exhibited and sold. In 2009 and 2018, she participated in the prestigious art show Being Scene with Workman Arts, where she exhibited and sold her art. She has also been in smaller shows in Toronto.
Faiz is currently creating paintings of city scenes found in Toronto. She paints to capture the beauty she sees in everyday life. She enjoys translating what she sees into a new form, to make it more vibrant and vivid. Faiz has come to realize how important painting has always been for her. It has become even more important now after suffering from multiple sclerosis for 14 years.