Rivalry - April 2010
L. Christy Hastings, Lisa Hastings-Moll
Edward grew up in Concord,
MA. and the surrounding towns. Art in some shape or form has always been
a part of the Hastings family. His two sisters are also incredible artists
and all three siblings are self-taught. As a child, Edward dabbled in
pastels and oil but found water-colors were the most rewarding.
Edward has vacationed in the Pemaquid, Maine
area for the past 40 years. He has always been inspired by the beauty
there, from the rocks the Pemaquid Light is perched upon to the spectacular
sunsets on John’s Bay. It has been the subject of many of his paintings.
Edward and his wife Theresa lived in western
Massachusetts for five years, which is the inspiration for some of his
most recent work. He now resides in Maynard, MA.
Lisa, like her brother Edward and sister Christy, is a self-taught water
colorist and has been a constant pencil-sketcher throughout her life.
She dabbled with oils, dribbled and now dominates with acrylics, and damned
the pastel from her life forever. Acrylics and watercolors make her happy.
“I suppose I should go back to oils, instead I just over-work the
hell out of my watercolors until they look like oils, sort of.”
Her work with her teacher and mentor, the noted artist Pat Mattina, gave
her the courage to re-embrace acrylics and all matter of materials and
mediums. Except for those messy pastels!
She spent many years as a photographer and Creative Director living in
Concord, MA and then in Acton with her husband, photographer Robert Moll.
She has her B.F.A. from Boston Conservatory and is finishing a B.A. from
spends most of her summer in Pemaquid, ME (43 summers in fact) and has
spent time painting on Monhegan Island, ME with world renowned painter
and friend Yolanda Fusco. Lisa has painted up and down the Maine coast.
She has no time for “the Cape” because, as she puts it, “I
haven’t painted all of Maine yet.” which she considers far
more beautiful. Lisa claims that all the talent her family possesses comes
from her mother, Virginia Adams Hastings, a reluctant, timid artist and
the daughter of Dr. Warren Adams who first brought the family to Maine.
Lisa shows her work infrequently. “Showing
and selling work is very personal and must be handled by just the right
Gallery.” She feels that Nick and Kelli of Gallery Seven in Maynard
truly understand the complexity of the artist’s mind, heart and
soul and are amazingly supportive of the emotional process of showing
one’s work. Lisa now lives in Chelmsford.
For a peek at Lisa’s other work check out:
" I completed my formal art education
in1971. My art teacher, Mrs. Soul-Squasher, effortlessly crushed my eleven
year old spirit, and taught me to put the toys away. Dinosaur sculptures
apparently were not allowed to have crossed-eyes or bulls-eye-painted
bellies. My professional background is in zoology and science education.
For fourteen years, I worked as Coordinator of Life Science Interpretation
at the Museum of Science in Boston, creating exhibits and teaching. (Also
- the museum had fantastic toys). I left the museum to work as a teacher
for special needs high school students. It was there that I found my bliss.
Identifying heavily with disturbed teenagers, my passion for science and
teaching became unleashed. Accidentally blowing stuff up, burning things
down, and watching meat rot were all part of my job. It doesn’t
get better than that.
However, six years ago, bliss was shattered when
I became disabled with CFIDS (chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome).
I was forced to walk away from my lifetime devotion to science and teaching.
My disability left me with an active yet fuzzy brain - staring at the
ceiling from my bed. It was this void that led me back to picking up the
pens and brushes of my youth. Though art and science are two very different
human endeavors, I was amazed to discover that many scientific skills
overlapped with artistic skills: observation, imagination, curiosity,
creativity and play. Who Knew?
Pen and Ink:
My initial artistic medium was pen and ink.
I wish I could say that it was chosen because of my love of the simple,
yet powerful contrast of black and white, and how black and white emphasizes
form along with negative and positive space. Though all of this is true,
the actual reason for my choice of ink pens and pads was its portability
to doctor’s offices and back to bed. Charcoals, pastels and oils
are just too messy. I hate messy! I fell in love with the medium because
of the control it requires and the challenges that arise. No erasing.
No painting over mistakes. Every line I make is permanent. It is all there
to see. It’s like dancing naked on a tight rope without a net. You
can make small mistakes and hope no one notices. Big mistakes are destruction.
Most of my work is a continuous exercise in hiding those mistakes. The
challenges of professional scientific research involve similar approaches.
The work must be planned. You try to control as much as you can. And creativity
is required to address the problems that arise.
A strange thing happens to me when I have
a paint brush in my hand.
Here, I lose all desire for control. I prefer to throw paint and water
on the paper and simply splash about. So much for clean and portable.
I love to experiment. The watercolor medium offers me all the play I can
handle: scratching, cutting, folding, blotting, adding salt, ink, wax,
even taking it in the shower with me. I call this “The Splish/Splash
Method.” I find this quite similar to informal science. It is playing
with things in the world, wondering what would happen if I next did this?
Creativity, imagination and curiosity fuel the process. In science this
is known as “what happens when I poke it with a stick.” My
splish/splash method is purely done for my amusement. It is the process
that I love. I never know how the piece will turn out. Design emerges
unexpectedly. It is the unknown ending that thrills me.
Basically, anything without a straight line."
To view more of L. Christy Hastings'
work check out: www.4perspectives.com