This piece was inspired by the landscape transitioning during fall. Leaves begin a process of cyclic life and death in the regenerative energy of the cool water in a nearby stream. The meaning lies in our beliefs, as we, a part of nature, are on a similar journey. This painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished black edges. It comes ready to hang.

- Lisa Manes-James

What We Love Is Not to Be Held, But to Be Believed In

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on back

48" h x 48" 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.