Lisa Ippolito Member Since June 2007 Artist Statement I am a New Orleans native, now living in southwest Mississippi. I was raised in a large Sicilian family, and was constantly surrounded by the amazing influences of my rich family heritage and the wonderful city I was fortunate enough to be born in. I love humor and creativity. I am not afraid to push the envelope in the name of art or for the sake of humor. My artistic pursuits began just 6 years ago, and have taken me in a variety of directions. I am constantly exploring my boundaries and developing my skills. I especially enjoy portrait sketches. I love that moment when a sketch "becomes" a person, that moment when a personality enters the canvas! I also love the challenge of word play with titles and content of famous works. My work is diverse and ever-expanding. I have participated in several juried art shows and won several awards. I welcome any commission requests.