Charlie Lasansky’s intrinsic creativity and natural ability to link color with emotion perfectly complements her dexterity and enthusiasm for the paint and brush. The Iowa born artist has demonstrated, with the unveiling of her recent work, that she can fuse thought and feeling in the studio to produce paintings of stunning originality.
Emmert’s skill as a colorist have always been the focal component of her expressionistic portraiture. “Color,” says Lasansky, “corresponds to the complexity of life.”
Lasansky’s enthralling portraiture, always appealing to the eye, is generally bold and colorful. They are visually attractive but also are compelling psychological portraits, intimating the inner life of the subject. The preliminary sketch on a fresh canvas, done entirely with the brush, lays the foundation for numerous layers of paint. The layered pigment, often applied with the palette knife, creates texture, contrast and depth. This can be seen in Lasansky’s distinctive rendering of the artist Frida Kahlo. In this painting Lasanksy constructs a fictive space, which separates her subject from the aura-like background. “Frida’s image is carefully placed within the painted frame for intimate viewing.” Points out art historian David Heffner, Ph. D. “Clearly there is an intimate connection between the artist and her subject.”
Charlie Lasanksy’s recent works showcase her ability to layer and manipulate paint. She communicates with vibrant color in place of words what she considers to be the true essence of her subject. Her innovative approach to portraiture publicizes her potential to be a significant artist in the future, and reveals her eagerness to be working in the studio.
Charlie has had numerous one-person shows and has participated in various group shows. Her work is in private and public collections. She was featured at the West Valley Art Museum in a one-person show in March of 2007.