Lisa Fisher Johnson’s Home Studio
I first met Lisa Fisher Johnson on a lacrosse travel trip a few years ago. I had begun taking art classes at the Visual Arts Center and was intrigued to learn that she taught there. Of course, I had to try one of her classes, and her Drawing Fundamentals class proved the perfect introduction. That Lisa’s classes were meant for me was evident from the very first day when she quoted Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way and instructed us to leave our inner critics outside of the classroom.
Since then my posse pal jCb and I have taken several of her classes, including the initially intimidating Figure Drawing class, and have even attended an oil painting dinner in Lisa’s beautiful home. As you can see from these pictures, Lisa has created a fabulous studio where she can explore a variety of media and host small groups for evenings of creativity.
Lisa was classically trained at the New York Academy of Art in the tradition of Italian atelier, in which students study with accomplished artists in their studios to develop technical skills that can then be applied to create contemporary art. Her teaching philosophy and methods follow the Academy’s belief that the world of visual art is built upon the essential cornerstones of figurative drawing, painting, and sculpture, as well as a keen knowledge of anatomy. Each of Lisa’ classes also emphasizes the fundamental importance of creating highlights and shadows within the particular medium being taught.
Like most artists, Lisa works on lots of projects at the same time.
In the studio’s oil corner, a painting of her niece is an on-going project.
Despite the messy tubes and brushes, Lisa keeps a very neat and clean studio.
With help from her teenage son, Lisa converted the studio from a garage when her family moved into this home three years ago.
Having windows on three sides provides loads of natural light throughout the day.
Between teaching and working on commissioned pieces, Lisa stays very busy all while keeping up with her two teenagers.
The studio is just off of the kitchen and mudroom, so she is never far from her children when they need her.
As you can see, Lisa is very organized.
She is planning to move all of her office materials to an adjacent room once she finishes decorating it with some fabulous flea market finds.
The move will give her even more space in which to create here in the studio.
Although she works in a variety of media, oil painting is her favorite. Her very first sale, though, was a silkscreen purchased by a bank when she was a high school student, and Lisa realized then that her years of coloring and all of the classes that she had been taking were feeding her talent. Fortunately she decided to share her talent and training with students young and old.
The charcoal drawings below will no doubt be used as examples in one of her many classes. In addition to her adult classes, she teaches children through grant programs and enjoys sharing the freedom that art can bring to children who live in the most meager of circumstances. Like Julia Cameron, Lisa believes that everyone has a creative soul waiting to be unleashed, and as a teacher, she constantly encourages each student’s individual expression.
While Lisa’s portfolio offers a peek at the sophisticated level of her work,
we were charmed as well by her hand-drawn and watercolored calling card.
To see more of Lisa’s portfolio and discuss a commissioned work (maybe in the style of this one of Lisa’s daughter and her friends), contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She has also pinned some of her works to her My Portfolio board on her extensive Pinterest site.
Thanks so much for the tour, Lisa. We really appreciate your sharing this bright and inspiring space. How wonderful to have such a purposeful and personal environment to feed the creative soul.
p.s. We knew that our studio tour had been a complete success when our ever present escort, Callie, actually posed for a few pictures.
April 4, 2013