29.5" x 44.25"
archival pigment photograph printed and painted on gessoed wood substrate:
$4,000 - $5,000
- each substrate is gessoed to add texture to elements in the image and then printed by Magnolia Editions (Flatbed UV Cured Acrylic Pigmented Inkjet). Oil Paint is then applied selectively.
30" x 45"
Dye-Infused Metal Print
available with Floating Frame only: $2,100
“Nothing’s more powerful than beauty in a wicked world.” - Amos Lee
Though I was trained as a photographer, over the years the medium began to leave me cold, as I found it difficult to express a deeper emotionality.. I loved the way one sees from behind a lens, which is ultimately what drew me back to it, but I felt confined by photography's literal realism and technique laden protocols. Putting the camera down, I began painting with oils, and was able, over time, to reconnect with the deeper emotions my earlier photographic work could only hint at. The freedom of the brush enabled a more spontaneous, visceral, sensual and abstract approach.
Each image in this body of work is the result of a long, hand held, single exposure, merging what can be seen - to that which exists in an invisible, ethereal world. With long exposures and intentional movement, the camera transcends the reality of how things are perceived by the eye in real time. The initial flash captures and freezes the foreground in a hyperreal fashion while the open lens collects swirls of light and color, abstracting space as it lingers. Beyond the flash’s white reach, the long exposure leaves everything else soft and ghostly.
I chanced upon this new way of taking pictures by accident and it immediately captivated my imagination. Long ago I might’ve dismissed the potential gift these misfirings afforded, instead I found silver lining there. By using the camera this way, I am able to create a synthesis between photography and painting. The image is captured entirely in camera while the computer serves as a tool for color correction only. It is then projected onto a wood substrate and gessoed for texture before being printed. Finally, paint is selectively applied to the face as well as the substrate edges.
I’ve always been infatuated by the fragile, fleeting life force of our botanical and natural world - it is my life's work. The vital spark that emanates from nature and its seasons is what draws me, in its senescing and regeneration, its utter beauty and imperfections - and how it reflects our own cycles of life and humanness.
Lisa received a BFA in Photography and Printmaking from CCA, in 1979, studying with Charlie Gill, Patricia Tobacco Forrester, Vilem Kriz, Sue Ciriclio and Chris Johnson. She became a successful fine art photographer, represented by The Susan Spiritus Gallery in Newport Beach, The Photographer's Gallery in Palo Alto, and The Foster Goldstrom Gallery in San Francisco, Suzy Locke and Associates in Oakland and The Andrea Schwartz Gallery in San Francisco.
Lisa (AKA Lisa Toby Goodman) studied Horticulture at Merritt College and has been designing landscapes for Goodman Landscape Design, with her husband, Tim Goodman, also a fine art photographer, since 1986. She turned to oil painting soon after their son, Cole, was born, in 1992. In 2012 Lisa returned to the camera and began taking photographs once again. Her current work is a marriage of photography and painting.
Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA March 2 – April 6, 2019 48 Pillars invitational show
Benicia Art Center, Benicia, CA November 10 - December 21, 2018 In The Fields: Botanical Lore
Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA July 15 - October 14, 2018 2nd International Photography Exhibit
Freshly Cut Florist, Berkeley, CA June 10 - 30 2018 hope's bouquet
Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland CA February 9 - March 9, 2018 Seeing Red
Photography Presentation and Talk by Lisa Toby Goodman, El Cerrito Art Association Community Center, El Cerrito, CA, July 10, 2017
Center For Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado May 19 - July 1, 2017 Landscapes 2017
Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes, CA January 27- February 19, 2017 Beginnings
1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA December 2016 Flower Power
Sticks Framing, Berkeley, CA June 1 - August 15, 2016 Nectar
Nan Phelps Photography Gallery, Kensington, CA May 2016 Found in Time
Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA November 13 - December 11, 2015 Nature (re) Defined
Photo – Fine Art Gallery, Oakland, CA May 14 - June 27, 2015 Flora
Sticks Framing, Berkeley, CA February 2015 - to present
Photo – Fine Art Gallery, Oakland, CA July – August 2014 Summer Breeze
Photo – Fine Art Gallery, Oakland, CA Best of Botanicals National Juried Exhibition May – July 2014
Nan Phelps Photography Gallery, Kensington, CA May 2014
Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CAApril – May 2014 Flora and Form
Sticks Framing, Berkeley, CA January – May 2014