Lisa Hannick captures the simplicity of objects and casual gestures, and communicates them in a colorful, and highly visual method. Her work has an old masters quality, using what is called chiaroscuro lighting, and is highly influenced by the Dutch traditionalists. Since at least the Renaissance it has been customary for painters to do tonal studies while planning the composition of future major works. Chiaroscuro is arguably the most powerful technique at a painter's disposal for evoking mood within the composition.
By the mid 19th century different tonal schema had come to be associated with particular genres of paintings, or works by a given painter during phases of the life, such as Goya's black paintings, or Rembrant's golden landscape. Hannick's insightful still life images and landscapes reflect a sense of order and balance, projecting a feeling of calm. Her life-like work is serene, capturing a traditional image at a particular time.