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At the age of 8, Lisa began formal oil painting instruction in adult classes. By age 14, she was painting western scenes and horses with photo realist precision. As an adult, Lisa turned her talents to graphic design and, in 1991, became one of the first designers focused on the emerging digital revolution, working for the Apple Multimedia Lab in San Francisco and then with George Lucas at Skywalker Ranch.
Because she was one of the first designers tackling interactive digital media and the earliest web sites, she started writing books and speaking at digital design conferences around the world. Seven books later, including Web Design For Dummies, Lisa was well known as a pioneer in interactive media. She founded one of the first digital design agencies in San Francisco before moving to Southern California and serving as a Creative Director for digital agencies, Disney, and then as Vice President of Creative at Monster Energy.
In 1998 Lisa began painting again, but this time taking up watercolors. Determined to enjoy the same level of control she enjoyed in oils, Lisa worked tirelessly to understand the watercolor medium, and its intricate mineral interactions that produced incredible textures and eye popping color. Her first series of large-scale, hyper realism tropical florals sold in galleries and to collectors around the world, and earned her a Signature Membership status in the National Watercolor Society. Her second series featured hyper realistic high action scenes of Western performance horses in the heat of the moment—complete with swirling dust and wild-eyes.
Most recently, Lisa returns to her digital design roots, with a radical departure in style, exploring "Digital Pop," a series of iconic whimsical scenes with bold color blends and simplified black lines. "There is a necessity to economize in mobile app and web design. As such, in this digital age, viewers have grown accustomed to navigating a lot of information through small affordances such as icons, simple layouts, and the use of color," says Lisa. The Digital Pop series capitalizes on this modern design literacy to tell small, often humorous, stories in each piece.
Lisa lives with her husband on a small ranch up in the southern California mountains, where she enjoys riding her horse and playing tennis when she's not dreaming up new designs to share with the world.