Driven by the Heart

Press Release for the Exhibition

FAYETTEVILLE, NC—The David McCune International Art Gallery presents “Driven by the Heart” art exhibition by featured artist Lisa Stroud at the William F. Bethune Center for Visual Arts at Methodist University. There will be an opening reception at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19. The exhibit runs through Oct. 17.

About the Artist – Lisa Stroud

Lisa Stroud has an extensive background in journalism as a freelance writer and for the Raleigh Times as a features writer. This experience heavily influences her mixed media paintings. She is always looking for “the story” – whether hers of someone else’s – she will tell with paint on canvas. Some of her paintings start with words on the canvas, which a sharp-eyed viewer can sometimes make out in the finished works.

Stroud started painting eight years ago as a way to relieve the stress of caring for her aging mother, who suffered from dementia. Finding herself unable to write, she yearned for another creative outlet.

“I’ve enjoyed every stop along my pathway. But, for me, the passion is painting. The joy of telling my stories on canvas,” said Stroud.

One of her paintings, “Honor, By Any Measure,” was the first piece of abstract art collected by the National Museum of the Marine Corps. It now hangs in their permanent collection. She was proclaimed Best in Show in the 54th National Juried Art Show at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center in Rocky Mount, N.C., and the winning piece remains in its permanent collection. Her works have hung in both local and national exhibitions and she was a finalist in the 2010 Artist’s Magazine annual competition. She was also honored when her work was selected for the 2011 Artspace Three-Person Curated Biennial “Marked.”