Some painting experience is suggested.


All art is narrative. Whether it is a rejection of contemporary culture or processing a personal life happening, we respond to these events and they appear in our artwork – consciously or unconsciously. In this workshop, life is our subject and abstraction is our expression.

This 4-day workshop will provide a series of experiments to manifest the realization of personal imagery. Exercises will include drawing and markmaking sketches, using a viewfinder and an iPhone to discover compositional ideas. We will explore finding personal color, layering concepts and personal writing assignments. 

Questions to discuss include: 

  • “How do you start a painting?”“What do you do when you are stuck?”
  • “How do you know when a painting is finished?”

The material focus in this workshop is R&F Pigment Sticks, Oil Paint, Cold Wax, Drawing Materials and more. Each day, Lisa will provide demonstrations on techniques, including layering, excavating, monoprinting, glazing, color mixing, texture, markmaking, and editing. Students will receive individualized attention on their art process with the aim of expanding their own artistic practice. The class will focus on content, how to see, and how to move work forward. Some may find keeping a written journal useful during this workshop. The journals will not be shared but you may find your words as touchstones to generating imagery.

We will have conversations and presentations around contemporary art during a formal presentation and during our class time.


Join me and let’s bring your work back to you.