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The Gatekeeper

Lisa Phillips Owens

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Armacao Dos Buzios, RJ - Brazil

Oh~ ! love this !!! f/v

Thanks so much Chikako. It is an interesting angle on the guardian of the garden of the knowledge of good & evil.

Filey, No - United Kingdom


Svetlana, thanks for stopping by again and I appreciate the great compliment!

Rehoboth, MA - United States

Just love this! Wonderfully conceived and created!!

Robin-lee, thank you for your kind and thoughtful comments!

Hudson, FL - United States

Vesna Martinjak - Thank you for featuring this work in your "Landscapes, Flowers & Animals" group.

Mesa, AZ - United States

Lovely painting. v

Thank you Marcia. This is a favorite of mine and it has been very popular at the various exhibits I have shown it at. I enjoyed telling the tale of the garden containing the knowledge of good and evil in a different light.

Hamilton, On - Canada

Thank you in return Lisa ..I made sure to insert your profile into my watch list. I must confest Leonardo Da Vinci is a big interest of mind so of course looking at your work and that he did I find that you share similatrities with him ..for me being a lefty, a writer, sculptor, illustrator as he was too I was enlighted to discover that work of yours..I hope you heatlh is well, I will be keeping my eyes open for any of your talents and creations..Have a great upcoming week! :-)

Hamilton, On - Canada

Lisa your talents are commandable..your disabilities that you are suffering from makes painting such a difficult tasks..makes it more appreciated those sacrifices that you must go trough for the love of creating and have got my most respectuous and humbled admiration!

Danielle, thank you for stopping by and leaving your kind remarks. They mean a lot to me. You are a gifted artist yourself - I loved looking at your photographs, sculptures and paintings. Great work!!

Clearwater, Fl - United States

Congratulations on the sale Lisa! This is one of my faves of yours!

Lora, thank you very much!

San Antonio, Te - United States

Excellent! Perfect timing with the Edgar Allan Poe movie coming out. Quoth the Raven......

Ha! Thanks Johnny!!

Sandpoint, ID - United States

this is absolutely wonderful!

Thank you so much Carolyn!

St. Johns, NL - Canada

Congratulations on your sale!

Thank you Barbara!

Boulder Creek, CA - United States

LOVE this! Love all your horse paintings, bu this is really unique!

Thank you Jessica!

Spring Hill, FL - United States


Thanks Judy!

Walnut Grove, CA - United States

Powerful piece. Raises a slew of questions. good job.

Thank you Peter!

Tarnow - Poland

Love it!! Excellent description!! f/v

Studio City, CA - United States

Well done!

Suffolk, VA - United States

Very nice Elena, what a fun piece.


Pune, Ma - India

brillliant artwork!!! kudos to you..

Thank you for viewing my work and your kind remarks!

Fort Myers, FL - United States

Striking pose. Beautiful painting. Congrats!

Thank you Carol-I appreciate it!

Camberwell, Vi - Australia

Just amazing, you have captured the moment so well, congratulations Lisa.

Thank you Jan!

Longmont, CO - United States

There's an energy to your work that is almost tangible. Your paintings are beautiful!

Colchester, E4 - United Kingdom

Amazing details! Just beautiful!!!

Maui, Ha - United States

.. you are in the Dimensions group member spotlight :: your image is featured on the group homepage :: congratulations Lisa :)

Maui, Ha - United States

.. it is a sensational work of art .. you are marvelously talented Lisa .. I could spend hours in your gallery exploring your beautiful images .. I love the appearance of wind in the horses mane . the raven's ruffled feathers along with the depth and drama of the clouds and the mountains in in the distance . You are invited to add your fascinating work to the Dimensions group :))

Clearwater, Fl - United States

And need I forget to mention the snake in the gate! Incredible!

Listen, I had a BLAST painting this picture. The snake in the apple tree was just such fun. The Raven-guarding the knowledge of good and evil. I didn't realize until the painting was nearly completed that The Raven plays a similar role in some Native American cultures. That was sweet.

Clearwater, Fl - United States

You are a phenomenal artist! This is just fantastic! The fear and astonishment on the horses face and the Raven just giving him the glare! Superb! You are my favorite artist.

Lora, thank you. I truly appreciate your wonderful comments. You are such a talented artist and you have been an inspiration to me as well.

Seattle, WA - United States

This is excellent.

Thanks so much Tim.

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The Gatekeeper


Lisa Phillips Owens


Painting - Oil On Canvas


THERE WILL BE NO WATERMARKS ON PURCHASED ART WORK.This painting was inspired by my love and fascination with ravens and horses. They both have interesting and unique relationships with their environment. The ravens intelligence, playfulness and role in ancient creation stories provided the basis for its place as the gatekeeper to the garden containing the knowledge of good and evil.
The painting began with an idea that came to me in the wee hours of the morning. I immediately made a sketch of it and the next day sketched it in on the canvas with a thin mixture of yellow ochre and mineral spirits. I only placed enough information on the canvas to give me an idea of where I was going and proceeded from there with lean mixtures of paint and medium (stand oil and mineral spirits) employing the alla prima method. I gradually built up the layers using thicker and fatter mixtures of paint with the final layers consisting mainly of paint thinned with a 4:1 mixture of poppy seed oil and mineral spirits which created a thin glaze to enhance the shapes and colors.
The horse, raven and their surroundings are entirely from my imagination. The equine anatomy in particular required a great deal of research but it was well worth the effort. My goal was to produce a work that merges and reflects my knowledge of the methods and artwork of the High Renaissance with contemporary techniques.


March 23rd, 2011


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