What is it that we find so captivating in flowers? Is it their beauty, simplicity, or how they remind us of the natural cycles of life? For artist Lisa Snow Lady, flowers are an inexhaustible source of inspiration and they always find their way into her work.
Lisa’s paintings vibrate with vibrant colors and bold patterns. But despite its initial appearance, each work conveys a deep level of meaning and emotion. For Lisa, flowers are a metaphor for the fragility of life and the importance of appreciating every moment.
Viewers are reminded of the simple things in life that can bring us the most joy by looking at Lisa’s paintings. Her work encourages us to slow down, take a closer look at the world and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.
The artist grew up in Seattle and was the oldest of three girls. She was very involved in arts and crafts from a young age and loved taking weekend trips in her RV around the Pacific Northwest. Lisa always wanted to be an artist and she loved to draw and paint. She received much encouragement from her parents and teachers and inspiration from the stained glass windows in her church.
Creativity ran in Lisa’s family, with her sister working as an interior designer, her cousins as fashion and medical illustrators, and her aunt as a weaver and painter. Her mother was also constantly involved in creative projects as a school teacher. This creativity was fostered in Lisa from a young age, and she became an artist herself.
As she matured, Lisa developed a deep love for arts and crafts, evident in her early commitment to pottery and other crafts. She earned a bachelor’s degree in general art and art history and a bachelor’s degree in painting from the University of Washington. She also has a bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture with a minor in landscape design from Edmonds College. Her love of learning continues, and Lisa constantly learns new artistic techniques through workshops, classes, and conferences, ensuring that her work is fresh and constantly evolving.
Lisa’s current studio is in the BallardWorks building in Seattle, WA, where she has worked and created for over 15 years. Lisa works from photographic references, her sketches and her life. She begins the acrylic painting of herself by creating a base paint before adding layered details. For her collages, the artist begins with a rough pastel sketch or more developed acrylic paint and layers of cut and torn paper to build her work. In each medium, Lisa takes liberties with color and moves away from the original reference image as the work develops.
Combining her formal training in art history, graphic design, and her intuitive sense of color and composition, Lisa creates unique work. “I have an intuitive sense of color and enjoy putting together interesting color palettes,” she says. “I love to draw and constantly sketch to improve my skills. My employment as a graphic designer helped me see in terms of form and continues to inform my dramatic compositions. Adding collage elements creates another level of interest.”
Lisa has traveled the world in search of inspiration, filling her journal with watercolors. The artist has traveled to Holland, Turkey, Mexico, Ireland, Italy, British Columbia, Sedona, and Catalina Island, among many other places.
As an art history student, she is inspired by many artistic influences. Vermeer is one of his biggest inspirations with his strong compositions and sensitive genre themes. Bonnard and Vuillard inspire Lisa with her colorful domestic scenes. Richard Diebenkorn and the Bay Area Expressionists captivated her with their animated palettes. Madeline L’Engle’s writings on making the ordinary sacred have proven instrumental in Lisa’s views on the importance of art.
Lisa’s projects bring art into everyday life and make it accessible to everyone. From working with a church congregation to teaching a travel drawing class, Lisa dedicates her creative practice to making art a part of everyone’s lives. She says that being involved in the arts at her church is particularly rewarding because it allows her to see people reluctant to participate in projects that take pride in her contributions.
Lisa’s work with the wineries has also been very successful. Her art has appeared on the labels of several different wineries and she even won a juried competition for one of them.
“I love being able to pursue my passion and calling and make it my career as well,” says Lisa. “It is rewarding to bring joy to others through the viewing of my art. I love making personal connections through my work and meeting my collectors.”
Lisa has been represented by several galleries, including Harris/Harvey in Seattle, and has had solo and group shows in numerous prestigious venues. Several notable books have featured her art, including Mitch Albala’s The Landscape Painters Workbook. She has won multiple awards for her paintings, including first place at the Edmonds Festival of the Arts. She also sold her work to several private collectors, including composer John Williams, and her work is held in several public collections, including the Swedish Medical Center and the Office of Arts and Culture in Seattle.
The artist is a member of several professional associations, including the Nordic National Museum, Dunn Gardens, Volunteer Park Conservatory and the Artist Trust Organization. He has also been a member of the Seattle Art Museum and the Cascadia Museum of Art. Through these partnerships, Lisa has had the opportunity to teach Botanical Sketching and has also been able to showcase her work to a wider audience.
With her botanical themes, parks and gardens, interior spaces, and the surrounding landscape, Lisa aspires to bring joy and help people see the ordinary as beautiful in her paintings. She believes that art can bring people together in a dialogue and that everyone can be creative. For Lisa, art is a way to create order out of chaos and express truth and meaning. The ordinary made sacred is a constant theme in her art, and she hopes to offer beauty, truth, and hope to all who view her work.
See more of Lisa Snow Lady’s art on her website at https://lisasnowlady.com/