This piece was inspired by the Northern California coastal shoreline. The title was inspired by a phrase that Herman Melville used as he described the nature of the sea in Moby Dick. I feel that it can describe our human characteristics as well.

This painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with unpainted edges. It is signed on the back and comes ready to hang.

- Lisa Manes-James

Some Hidden Soul Beneath

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on back

31" h x 50" w x 1.5" d
13 lbs. 0 oz.



Lisa Manes-James
Visalia, California

Getting to Know Lisa

Based in California’s Central Valley, Lisa Manes-James is a retired art teacher whose work is inspired by her physical, sensory, and emotional connections to natural environments. Her non-objective paintings explore the essence of nature through color, organic shapes, and varied textures. Lisa works intuitively with brushes and tools, adding and removing paint according to her instincts. She paints in oil, a medium she finds to be sensuous and rich. For the artist, the experience of painting is a metaphor for the internal and external forces that shape the soul. Her ultimate intention is to cultivate an awareness of the relationship between the natural world and human emotions, experiences, and existence.