[I worked with Lisa as] I made the transition from realistic painting to abstract work. Lisa is an incredibly gifted, intelligent artist and a wonderfully skillful teacher/coach. She recognizes and respects each student’s individuality, listens carefully to individual needs, has a multitude of ways both to see and to help you see and articulate what you are doing, what you are trying to do, and where you are stuck – and to recommend practices to help you ‘un-stick’. She is simultaneously supportive and challenging, not afraid to say ‘nope, this doesn’t work’ – but then offering a wealth of possibilities about where you might take a piece of work. Perhaps her greatest gift as a teacher is her ability to help each student develop their own voice, own way of working, own internal process and relationship with their work. You don’t come out of a workshop with Lisa with your work looking like hers; it looks like yours. Plus, she has a great sense of humor and working with her is a lot of fun!
To develop a body of work for an exhibition is a daunting experience. However, with Lisa as a guide and mentor an amazing opportunity was skillfully navigated. Over the course of a year I prepared a fresh body of work in cold wax and encaustic mediums to display on 150 linear feet of gallery wall space. From the first decisions as to the number and configuration of the paintings to the final review, Lisa stood beside me to provide encouragement, critical thinking and focus. Throughout the year, we reviewed, evaluated and applied my skills to this new situation to solve problems and hypothesize/envision new directions; we analyzed the art work as it progressed and deconstructed processes to address the questions of “why” and” how”; we mutually critiqued the artwork so I could ascertain for myself the strengths and weakness of the design, process application and composition; and after the exhibition closed, I was gently assured that my feelings of depression/let-down were normal after 12 months of effort, dedication and concentration. Most importantly, all of Lisa’s efforts were executed with kindness, respect and ever thankfully, humor. I so appreciate Lisa’s talent as an artist and the background and experience she brings to support my artistic growth. The net result? The most cohesive, compelling, well-received artwork I’ve ever created.