Inspired by the Impressionists, Lisa injects brilliant light into her paintings and uses vibrant colors. Her parents introduced her, from an early age, to appreciate the grandeur of nature.  Using primarily oils, Lisa strives to capture nature’s beauty on canvas, using the subtleties of light as a dominant theme.


In her paintings, Lisa captures the essence of natural life – the power of the mountains, the grand vistas of the prairies, playful colors in gardens and the peacefulness of water. Over the course of her career Lisa has worked with different media, explored various styles and experimented with different color palettes.

Photography is another of Lisa’s passions, and she often uses her camera to capture the scenes that she paints. 


Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Lisa resides there with her husband and two children.  She is an avid skier, runner and swimmer, spending time in the mountains and at Sylvan Lake.


Lisa’s original fine art is held in private collections in Canada, China, France, Israel, Scotland and the United States.

Artist Statement

Painting is an all-consuming part of my life.  I started painting as a teen, and as the years go by, I have had my share of struggles and triumphs.  Exploring different medium, subject matter and styles, I welcome experimenting and expressing myself on canvas.

I love painting because I lose myself in space and time.  I formulate my paintings before I even reach for a brush, during the course of everyday life.  I typically capture an image with my camera, and then my mind ruminates on the scene in the pool, on a run, and driving around the city.  I examine the trees as they go by, the sky, the light at different times of day, and the colors in the world surrounding me. 

When it comes time to do the physical painting, I get into an otherworldly zone for a few hours.  Time has no meaning, and when I finally “come to”, I look at the finished painting, and wonder “Did I do that?”  My best paintings are those that flow onto the canvas in a single session and seem almost effortless.  These don’t happen often, but when they do, it’s magic.

I am most inspired by the beauty of nature and am heavily influenced by my surroundings.  I love mountains and snow, and also gravitate to water, landscapes and flowers. 

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