Lolly Owens, ISEA

Award Winning Contemporary Artist

Lolly Owens, ISEA

Contemporary Artist

About the Artist

Lolly Owens My intention is to create art that reminds you to listen to your spirit (heart) and do what feels true. Both my subject matter (the human spirit) and my style (colorful, textural abstractions) relate to my message. My technique has evolved over many years and continues to evolve. I began in watercolor and now add reinvented objects to my mixed media works. When I create I am playful and grateful. I loved painting as a child but my efforts were not encouraged. I was a closet artist for many years. When I came out of the closet, I adopted my childhood nick name, Lolly, as my artist signature name.

My current work is mixed media on panel. I work on two series and alternate between the two: "That Girl" is a series of females shapes in a tension composition that say "Life has challenges but as long as you ask your mind AND your heart to work together, all will be well." We often forget to quiet our mind and check in with the heart or the reverse.

The second series are abstractions based on the elements of our spirit. These paintings have titles such as Gratitude, Humility, Love, Peace, Courage, Joy and Strength. This art is designed to be a reminder of who you are – a spiritual being having a human experience.

My process in creating all my series involves traditional study, experimentation with artist tools and meditation.


Artwork With Depth & Dimension

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Select an area of “Spirit Dancer” to view enlarged detail.

Spirit Dancer was accepted for a month long exhibit in the 20th Annual International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA) exhibition at GDP Studios and Gallery in Shelton, WA in June, 2011. The prestigious annual art exhibit is held both in the U.S. and internationally. The juror for the 20th annual exhibit was Mary Ann Beckwith, internationally known painter, educator and author of the book, Creative Watercolor - A Step by Step Guide and Showcase which is published in English and Japanese.

At the closing of the ISEA exhibit the GDP Gallery owners asked Lolly to leave Spirit Dancer there for another month due to popular response.

“Spirit Dancer”, Private Collection, 18" x 18" highly textured acrylic on panel.

Private Instruction

NEW! Create Your Own Masterpiece

One-on-One Instruction
In Studio: 1748 Independence Blvd. Building C-1, Sarasota, FL 34234
Designed either for the shy beginner or advanced artist, the private instruction probes your artistic intentions with the goal of creating art that is unique to you. We take away the frilly, the trendy and the mass market approaches and elevate color, texture and palettes that are inspired from your culture. 2 hour minimum $25/hour.

For reservations and information, Phone: 941-531-1507 or E-mail:
24 hours notice for cancellation of any private one-on-one lesson.


Group Classes & Workshops


Please contact the artist with any questions you may have.

Multi-layer Abstraction

Art Center Sarasota
Sarasota, FL

Group Class
Participants will start each work by layering of drawn images or markings or collage or texture medium or a mixture of several before applying veils of color. We will destruct forms, reconstruct forms and look for a gradual simplification to complete the abstraction. All are asked to stop thinking too much during the process. Abstract painting is a doing, feeling thing. Each class includes brief meditations designed to tap into the creative spirit, individual instruction and group critiques.

Thursdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Nov 8 - Dec 13:
$150 members/ $180 guests
Jan 10 - Feb 14:
$175 members/ $205 guests
Feb 21 - Mar 28:
$175 members/ $205 guests
Apr 4 - Apr 25:
$115 members/ $145 guests

To register, please contact
Art Center Sarasota

Beyond the Brush Abstractions

Art Center Manatee,
Bradenton, FL

Group Class
Open to those with intermediate level painting experience or those who have taken Lollys classes in the past. We will experiment with and combine materials. We will use brushes and other tools. We will begin each class with fun abstract drawing warm-ups. Because working abstractly is as much about the individual as it is about technique, brief meditations and creative life declarations from writers such as Julie Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, will be experienced. Individual instruction and group critiques are part of each class.

Wednesdays 9:30-12:00
October 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 16, (no Nov 21), Dec 5
$77 ACM Members
$102 Future Members

To register, please contact
Art Center Manatee

What You See Abstractions

Art Center Manatee,
Bradenton, FL

One Day Workshop
Looking for an interesting subject to paint or draw? Tired of painting wine bottles or sunsets by the beach? This workshop takes you on an artistic journey to discover good abstract subjects everywhere. After setting up your supplies at a table, we’ll venture outdoors to see abstractions in nature or perhaps the cityscape. We’ll remain close to the art center and work within easy reach. We’ll work on the edges of realism and abstractions. We’ll work in pairs and make sketches. After lunch we’ll go indoors and paint from what we learned. Individual instruction, editing ideas and group critiques are included.

Wednesdays 9:30-12:00
S1: Mar 9
$105 ACM Members
$155 Future Members

To register, please contact
Art Center Manatee