Lisa Stokes' practice draws upon lived experience by exploring the fundamental themes of mental health issues, loss, memory and the journey of motherhood. The physical and emotional experiences when something is destroyed, forgotten or hidden. Employing the aesthetic vehemence of expressionism she combines the use of contrasting mediums such as oil paint, oil pastel, ink and charcoal, which are weaved together to create rich visceral textured surfaces, offering a poignant and resonant narrative that speaks to the heart of the human condition.
After studying graphic design at college, She worked as a Medical Artist at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London. In 1991 she met the artist Robert Lenkiewicz, with whom she studied and sat for until his death in 2002.
Her work has been selected for various exhibitions including the BP Portrait Award: National Portrait Gallery, The Hunting Art Prize: Royal College of Art, the National Open Art competition (NOA), the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the London Art Fair, the British Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery and Spinneri Art Fair, Leipzig, Germany. The Ruth Borchard Collection purchased two works for Ruth Borchard, The Next Generation Collection which includes works by Maggie Hambling, Celia Paul, David Bomberg and John Keane.
Her work is in many private collections in the UK and internationally.