Lila Lewis Irving describes her painting as an energetic and intense process which results in emotional and abstract work, deeply felt. The impetus is a response to a visual or an emotional world. In a chosen life, Lila says she would have been an opera singer, and thus it’s not surprising that this passionately driven woman must have it playing whenever she paints.
While her more recent works are big, full of saturated colour, with bold and simplifies shapes, by contrast her earlier work consisted mostly of still-life, scenery and portraits. In the 1980’s Lila found herself bored with a subject matter she felt had become “too easy” so decided to challenge herself with abstract expression. She never looked back.
Lila remarks often of the many people who need to see something in her paintings, but readily admits to utter clarity during the creative process. Rather than the pursuit of realism, she is guided by an energy that she expresses in movement, shapes and colours.