My artistic vision results from my classical training and experience. When I paint a portrait, I often evaluate my work in progress against world-class museum masterpieces that are etched in my mind. While my craft is being guided by the classics, my intuition—sharpened by many years of meditation disciplines and my experience as a psychotherapist—sees beyond the features and individual character of my sitter, and focuses on their soul. Because the soul is inherently beautiful and infinitely worthy, it elicits wonder and awe; these are the numinous feelings that I mostly attempt to evoke in my art.
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Self Portrait at 42
From age five, Luis De La Lama received lessons in drawing and painting from his father—an artist himself. As a teenager he continued his studies at the atelier of Hector Castellón, and then moved to México City to complete his career in the visual arts at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plastics. After graduation, Luis became a professor of graphic design, drawing and art techniques at the Universidad Iberoamericana Noroeste. Traveling often, he studied the works of the Old Masters directly at the major art museums in America, England, France, Spain, and the Netherlands. Years later, while living in Florida, he advanced even more his classical painting skills by studying under Christopher Still—who painted the ten historical murals of the Florida House of representatives, and also the portrait of Florida Governor Lawton Mainor. In Palm Beach Luis also attended an intensive training program with Nelson Shanks, whose portrait commissions include His Holiness Pope John Paul II, Princess Diana, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and the four women Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. In Florida Luis worked as a professional portrait painter, as an advanced oil painting techniques instructor for the Morean Arts Center, and also earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of South Florida. The artist and his wife Lille relocated to Maui in 2016.