Lisa has enjoyed exposure to art and design through her studies in landscape architecture and her many years of practice in the field. She has always jumped at the opportunity to get out in nature, to savor the breathtaking natural landscapes and to take in the intricate details of the beautiful plant life which graces those landscapes. Taking the first step into oil painting felt like a natural progression for Lisa, with the gifts of mother nature as her inspiration. She has been blessed to make this transition under the gentle guidance of renowned artist Susan Gallacher, owner of King's Cottage Gallery and Academy of Art.
“Art, for me, means slowing down and going deeper. It's easy to make an assumption about what you think something is based on what it looks like at first glance. I find though, that as I delve into my perception of something like a landscape or a cactus blossom, there's so much more there. It almost becomes overwhelming when I start to see the complexity and the detail, and that's where the process of slowing down comes in. It's a great practice to try to break things down into more basic elements of shape, color, and value while also trying to convey what moved me to create the painting in the first place. In essence, painting takes me from the simple, to the complex, and back to the simple again, but with an exploration of truth in the final result, or at least an intentional detour from reality.”