"I am inspired by my visual life and my own interpretation of it."
"I paint flowers so they will not die."
A master of fine art floral paintings, Lila has been a long time Woodstock resident and co-owner of the Sweetheart Gallery.
Making art has always been an integral part of my life. From the time I was a child, I knew it was a tool, a way of channeling the world around me through my vision. I’ve always felt extremely lucky and blessed to have this friend, this lucky penny in my back pocket, this drive to guide me along the road of my life. I am inspired by the visual life and my own interpretation of it. I love describing space by placing emphasis on the world around an object, rather than the object, itself.
Whether, I am painting a landscape, figure, or still life, finding the pattern of the scene allows me to create an internal and external rhythm or breath in a piece. It’s the joy in this act of discovery that I am truly in love with and that I hope my paintings describe.
Ms. Bacon graduated from Parsons School of Design/ The New School in 1973, where she had the opportunity to study with many talented artists, including William Clutz and Pat Steir. She then moved to Woodstock, with the plan to pursue her art. Soon after she met Norman and joined him in his flourishing pottery business, where she added her creativity and helped develop an “innovative” series of work based on hand painting. Throughout this time she continued her own work, as well. She was part of a three-person show at the Woodstock Artists Association. She studied with the noted teacher and artist Nicholas Buhalis, who had the uncanny ability to not only give her more “tools of the trade” but, even more importantly, the confidence to keep creating. At the Buhalis Gallery, in Kingston, N.Y. he sponsored a show of her work. She has had a one-person show at Lifebridge Sanctuary and shown at Oriole 9, as well. In 1981, Lila and Norman opened the Sweetheart Gallery, in Woodstock, N.Y., devoted primarily to the showing of fine American arts and crafts. This space provided a venue for her own work, as well. Although she has concentrated on different media, including charcoal, pastels, and watercolors, for the past fifteen years, she has been working primarily in acrylics.