Woman behind Boneyard Arts Festival's signature image finds inspiration everywhere

Woman behind Boneyard Arts Festival's signature image finds inspiration everywhere

Art will be everywhere today through Sunday as Champaign County celebrates the Boneyard Arts Festival at more than 90 venues.

The event is sponsored every year by 40 North 88 West, the Champaign County arts council.

A panel of local arts professionals selected Lisa Kesler's "Happiness 2," acrylic with linocut collage, to be the signature image of the 2018 festival, from more than 100 submissions.

Kesler developed an interest in becoming an artist in high school.

"I had a couple of great art teachers, and I won several awards during my senior year," she said. "So I decided to study painting at the University of Illinois. I've worked as a full-time artist for most of my adult life, except for a few short periods here and there."

She finds inspiration almost everywhere.

"I'm inspired by the materials and techniques I use, and get lots of new ideas by experimenting. I am currently combining linoleum block printing with acrylic painting," she said.

Fabric design and even vintage illustrations and typography also inspire her.

"I prefer to work abstractly or with minimal, simple images," she said. "Recently, I've been examining the works of Paul Klee, Basquiat, Caio Fonseca, Beatriz Milhazes and Squeak Carnwath for inspiration."

Keller's works have been in the Boneyard Arts Festival for many years.

"Everyone looks forward to (the festival) because it's a great time to see a lot of art all at once. Artists open their studios to the public or display their art in local business all around town, making it more accessible to the public that it normally is," she said.

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