Growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, Lisa was always an 'artsy' child, involved in both visual and performing arts. Her dad and grandfather were avocational artists, who influenced Lisa, by doing art projects with her from an early age. During the hot Phoenix summers she was usually in a theater camp, art camp, or both.
Lisa studied marketing at the Eller School of Management at the University of Arizona. After graduating, she worked for a time in a Chicago advertising agency that was full of creative and energetic people.
Lisa married and moved to Hawaii for 5 years, where she learned watercolor, ceramics, rake, as well as becoming involved in the Aloha Community Theatre - she was nurturing the artist and the theater aficionado inside of her.
In 1999, Lisa and her family moved to Laguna Beach, where she remained involved in the arts and started producing the El Morro Elementary School Talent, which she did for 8 years. She also acted as a member of No Square Theatre's Lagunatics for 5 years.
Four years ago, with her eldest daughter going off to college, Lisa realized she was ready to formally pursue her artistic dreams, so she applied to LCAD (Laguna College of Art and Design) and was accepted into the BFA program. Two years later, she was accepted into their Post-Baccalaureate program. She will complete her certificate at the end of 2017.
Fun Factoids about Lisa:
-She has been happily married for 26 years and met her husband, John, when she was 6 years old; she was a cheerleader for his Pop Warner football Team. They didn't date until her senior year of college.
-She loves to travel and immerse herself in other cultures. Her next adventure is a pilgrimage to the Camino de Santiago, next summer, with her husband and their youngest daughter.
-She is currently working on a dress form series, and a donut series, both in oils. It's no wonder her primary art influences are Edgar Degas and Wayne Thiebaud.
-All three of her daughters are actively involved in the arts; two are singers, and one is a photographer/filmmaker.
Lisa does a lot of her painting in her home studio that she has customized.
Lisa primarily works in oil, but has received training in drawing, figure drawing, sculpture, and watercolor. Her favorite is working in oils.
Her work has been in 5 juried art shows this past year and she also participated in Laguna Beach City's, "Art that's Small" show.