Lisa Keay is a Canadian figurative painter born on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia in 1976. Lisa was introduced to oil painting at 16 years of age by artist Judith Luke and later attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She now works and teaches from her studio in Fall River, NS.

Along with studies in painting, Lisa’s interests extend to Alchemy, geometry and philosophy, the symbolisms of which often find their way into the paintings, lending the works a certain balance that resonates with the meaning and beauty she strives to achieve in her work.

“My paintings are a reflection of my innermost understanding of what I believe to be philosophical truths. As I explore ancient theories and esoteric teachings and symbolisms I create allegories visually in my mind as a way of putting it all together in a conceptual way. Over time these become the narratives in my paintings, personified by the figure.

Allegory, symbolisms and the use of metal leafing have become the forefront in my paintings all the while maintaining a beauty and captivating quality. The subject matter is most often carried by the female form and the underlying meanings are most often subtle enough to be left as a beautiful mystery or recognizable to the discerning eye as it is in mythologies, encouraging the viewer to look deeper.”

The Tyrian Purple Dress

o/linen 26 x 14  SOLD

Dreaming in Sepia

o/linen 12 x 16  SOLD


o/linen 15 x 30  $2200

Tan Lines

o/linen 12 x 16  SOLD


o/gold leaf on linen panel 14 x 26  SOLD

I Am Water

o/linen 32 x 24  $2800

Lisa Keay