The Lubbesmeyer Art Studio & Gallery located in beautiful Bend, Oregon, features the collaborative art of identical twins, Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer. Through a process of building over each other’s work layer over layer, without conversation or referring to sketches, each twin adds her style as a former printmaker and oil painter to create strong visual statements in their work. The Lubbesmeyers push each other to see things differently, while they share a commitment to investigate the qualities of the media in which they work.
As collaborative artists, the Lubbesmeyers explore the essential elements of their surroundings, as translated from literal images that live in their minds. Through their creative process, the twins distill those literal images into color and texture. Through color, the images become suggestions of places that seem vaguely if not distinctly familiar.
The Lubbesmeyers find inspiration in nature, Japanese block print, music of all genres, the texture of leaves and grasses, the pattern of light on the foothills, ethnic designs and patterns, the juxtaposition of old and new, architectural fragments, the elegance and grace of birds, road trips — both solitary and shared — and the patterns of turned farmland. The twins are inspired by roads disappearing into the distance, and by horizons dividing earth and sky, encouraging us to look outward as far and as wide as possible. These represent journeys of a meditative or spiritual nature, suggesting we’re all travelers.