About Lillian

About Lillian


Lillian Porter Attinasi holds a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Indiana University, Bloomington. She also studied art at Teacher’s College-Columbia University, Purdue-Hammond and IU-Northwest. She taught in the Gary schools at all levels, including the original Emerson Visual & Performing Arts magnet in midtown, now closed. She also taught at IUN, the IAC Summer Arts Program and was a founding member of the Miller Art Project and other arts organizations.

As an artist, Lillian worked for several years in Gary, New York City and Mexico. For the past 25 years she has created art in Southern California, and briefly in Paris, China and Italy. Lillian has worked in several media: oil painting, ink drawing, silkscreen, woodblock, and photo-collage.

Lillian has exhibited in New York, Chicago, Long Beach, South Bend and Lake Street Gallery. A retrospective of more than 50 years of artwork in all media and new work using repurposed materials will be exhibited at the Gardner Center in 2021.

About Me

Name:Lillian Porter Attinasi


Location:Gary, Indiana, U.S.A.

Chronology of Techniques

Ink on Paper

Abstract Oil Landscape

Magic Surrealism

Academic Portraiture

Abstract Expressionist Landscape

Woodblock & Silkscreen Print

Collage-enhanced Photography

Mixed and Repurposed Media


  1. Indiana-Chicago 1959-1969 

Ink Drawing

Blue Period – Portraits & Abstract Landscapes –Oil on Canvas/Linen


  1. Mexico series 1970-1972

Contour drawing inspired oil on canvas/linen


  1. New York 1972-1980

Surreal landscapes (Puerto Rico, Gladys’ Box)

Large scale landscapes Oil on canvas/linen (series: 6 + Bridge)

Woodblock Prints in Japanese Ukiyo-e technique


  1. Gary Miller Beach 1980-1994

Large Scale Dune landscapes Oil on canvas/linen (Lake Michigan – Woman in the Dunes)

Printmaking Silkscreen & woodblock


  1. California 1994-2007

Collage-enhanced photography (9-10 works)


  1. Miller Beach 2007-2021

Repurposed Materials

Box Project, Stars & Stripes in Hardwood, Itty Bitty City