Lalita Lyon Cofer: Artist's Bio
Lalita spent most of her childhood abroad, living in Lebanon, France, and Italy, giving her a chance to sample a diversity of cultures and art styles. The romance of faraway places still beckons, and Lalita finds herself in the Caribbean, Italy or on the Greek Islands as often as possible. She paints on street corners or sitting in little cafes', exchanging pleasantries with friendly locals. The sketches painted "en plein air" become the inspiration for the finished works. The artist lives in Florida and enjoys painting the tropical splendor around her home.
Lalita says "I paint with paper". " I apply papers to canvas as a painter uses a brush loaded with paint. I apply water media to rice paper, refine the image with pen and combine with veils of hand stained transparent papers to create an image that is very unique. This collage technique of 'painting with paper' gives me great freedom of expression. I am able to transcend the barrier between two and three-dimensinal work". Lalita says "it gives my paintings a very unique surface, style and brilliant coloration."
Lalita is an award winning artist, her paintings grace the collections of a College President, an Academy Award winning actress, TV personalities, and many wonderful art patrons in the US and around the world.
A peek into my unique style of painting with paper can be seen looking at a work in progress.
Painting begins with a sketch in pen on rice paper
I continue the process by adding pieces of hand stained papers and I add a collage of papers to the canvas.