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Lisa Lauer

Oil Painting, Mixed Media

Coastal Landscapes

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I work in oils. Topography has always been a strong interest of mine, so I naturally gravitate to landscapes. In my paintings, I try to anchor the viewer in the physical world while encouraging contemplation of the metaphysical, by taking familiar scenes or objects and giving them a dreamlike, mythic quality.


My love of painting comes from my mother, a painter with a passion for estate auctions. Wherever we were living at the time in Ohio, New York, or Virginia, she would scour the weekend auction ads, and off we'd go. I was always intrigued by the local folk art for sale: the stoic portraits; the flat landscapes with their disconcerting perspectives. I saved my allowance to buy one of these odd paintings but decided to try and paint my own instead. I sold it, and this somehow convinced me that I could be an artist.

After earning a degree in art history with a minor in studio art from Swarthmore College, I thought I would go on to study art restoration, but the need to pay off student loans intervened. I moved to Boston, embarked on a career in the tech industry, eventually transferred to the Bay Area, and painted intermittently. In the back of my mind, there was always a singular goal: to live by the ocean and focus on painting full-time. And finally, here we are.

Directions to Studio 17 at 36000 S. Hwy 1, Gualala.  West side of Highway 1, half mile north of St. Orres, at mile marker 3.83, property just north of Serenisea.

Studio Tour Hours:

August 27 & 28 September 3 & 4
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

My studio will be closed on Labor Day Monday




Instagram: lisalauerart

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