Lisa Lauer

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Oil Painting, Mixed Media


I paint in oils, primarily large-scale landscapes that take their inspiration from California’s wild and rugged North Coast. Thanks to its relative isolation, the North Coast is one of those special places that still embodies the mythic West: Vast open spaces, austere beauty, and a mercurial Mother Nature. 

Recently I've been exploring more conceptual work. My current series takes elements of dreams, transforms them into invented myths, and renders them as cave paintings or classical friezes. For this process, I use oil mixed with cold wax, which has a wonderful sculptural quality.

After earning a degree in art history from Swarthmore College, I lived and worked on the East Coast for many years before moving to the Bay Area. I feel very fortunate to now be able to paint full-time. I also sit on the board of the North Coast Artists Guild, an organization that promotes the work of local artists.


My studio is open year-round by appointment and for the annual Studio Discovery Tour in late summer. It’s a lovely spot to take in the ocean view during your drive along the coast.


Studio Tour Hours:

August 28 & 29 September 4-5
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed Labor Day Monday

Directions to Studio 18 at  36000 S. Hwy. 1, Gualala.  On Hwy 1 at mile marker 3.83. We are ½ mi. north of St. Orres on the west side of Hwy. 1 (the property immediately north of Serenisea).




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