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My artistic vision was born from my training in classical art. I am guided by the sensibility and craftsmanship of the Old Masters of portraiture, and when I paint I intend to achieve the excellence of world-class masterpieces that are etched in my mind. Moreover, as I work to capture the physical features of my sitters on the canvas, my artistic intuition recognizes their essence—that which is eternal in them. I am passionate about painting to share with my clients the wonder, awe, and sense of dignity and transcendence that I experience when I turn my deepest attention to another human soul. My main artistic goal is that those who see my portraits resonate with these exalted feelings, and reaffirm through my art that which is sacred in all of us.
Luis De La Lama began to learn drawing and painting as a child; his father was an artist as well. As a teenager he continued to develop his craft at the atelier of Héctor Castellón, and in his twenties he studied art and design at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Visuales in México city. Once he graduated, Luis became a professor of drawing, art techniques, and graphic design at the Universidad Iberoamericana Noroeste. After immigrating to the U.S.A., Luis traveled often, studying the paintings of the Old Masters directly at the major art museums in America, England, France, Spain, and the Netherlands. In Florida, Luis studied with Christopher Still, who is known for painting the ten historical murals of the Florida House of Representatives, as well as the Florida State portrait of governor Lawton Mainor. In Palm Beach Luis attended an intensive training program led by the late portrait painter Nelson Shanks, known for his commissioned portraits of His Holiness Pope John Paul II, Princess Diana, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and the four women Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. During the years that Luis lived in Florida, he worked as a professional portrait painter in the Tampa Bay area, and taught advanced drawing and oil painting techniques at the Morean Arts Center. He also earned a Ph.D. in Education from the University of South Florida. Luis now lives in Maui full time with his wife Lille, who is a fine art photographer and a jewelry designer.