PO BOX 488, Las Vegas, NM 87701

(505) 426-8039

About the Artist

Inspiration

Whether painting from pure imagination (as for this 11 X 22 foot mural, detail shown),  from photographs or en plein air, Lawrence enjoys covering diverse surfaces from canvases to furniture with her colorful, spiritually inspired, exuberant work, designed either to soothe or to motivate action.

Voyage and Discovery

The artist's enthusiasm for commissions includes turning clients' furniture into works of art, based on little or detailed personalized directives.  

From time to time, on her own or by request, she may incorporate various 3D elements into paintings and furniture.

Her favorite way is to be "given her head," or "free rein" to go where spirit leads her within a prescribed theme.  Yet, there is a sense of adventure and discovery in all methods that keeps her eager to know what comes next!

People

Interacting with people is part of the fun for Lawrence.  

So, whether interested in commissioning a piece or in knowing more about a completed work, do not hesitate to contact the artist. 

(Scroll down for Résumé & Bio.)

Résumé

MEDIA

(IMAGE ABOVE: Detail from "The Green Mural," also known as "The Waterfall Mural," in the waiting room of a laser treatment center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.)


Painting  
        CANVASES:  Oils, acrylics, water-based stains and mixed media on stretched canvas or linen, or on canvas board (or also on gessoed masonite). 
         MURALS:  Acrylic and latex paints, applied directly to site walls  or to constructed surfaces at the artist’s studio for later installation on location. 

Sculpture and 3D Paintings
        Painted paper maché, wood and found objets, including mannequins, 
        sometimes incorporating neon lighting (3D paintings).
DreamPainted Furniture
        Usually, recycled furniture as found objects, which are painted in the same manner the artist approaches formal canvases or murals.
Drawings & Handmade Prints
        Charcoal, pen and ink, pencil, etching, aquatint and mixed media.
Wearable Art  
        Clothing of raw silk, wool and cotton fabrics in various styles, 
        painted with textile paints.
        Jewelry of Lawrence’s artwork, embedded in plastic by plastics expert,        
        Armand G. Winfield: Winfield Fine Art in Jewelry II.
Collaborations  
        FOLK ART:  Sculptures of painted wood, found objects, and cement and steel; with William (Billy) Rodriguez.
        JEWELRY: Painted images and abstractions, embedded in plastics as framed art or as jewelry; with plastics expert, Armand G. Winfield.
Illustrations
         “Conscience: Cowboy’s Self-Reflections.”  (Also known as “Hero’s  Domesticity Amuses His Spirit.”)  Oil on canvas, employed as book cover for Cheeleaders From Gomorah by John Rember, Confluence Press, Inc., Lewiston, Idaho in October 1993.

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RÉSUMÉ, continued

EXHIBITIONS

(IMAGE  ABOVE: Detail of "Lorenzo's Treatment Room,"  a full room mural in Santa Fe, New Mexico.)


2019   -- THE ANNUAL NEW MEXICO PAINTER'S INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION, Kennedy Hall, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico.  September and October. 

2017   — HEWETT HALL, New Mexico Highlands University, 1103 National Avenue, Las Vegas,  New Mexico, 87701.   Sponsored by The Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation "Business Hub."  A Changing Exhibition of paintings, ink and charcoal drawings,  prints (giclées) and examples of DreamPainted Furniture.  January - October.
             — THE MEDIA ARTS BUILDING, Luna Community College, Las Vegas, New Mexico, 87701.  An invitational changing exhibition, including paintings, drawings, giclées and  DreamPainted Furniture.  January - April.

2016   — HEWETT HALL, New Mexico Highlands University, 1103 National Avenue, Las Vegas,  New Mexico, 87701.   Sponsored by The Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation "Business Hub."  A Changing Exhibition of paintings, ink and charcoal drawings,  prints (giclées) and examples of DreamPainted Furniture. August - December. 

              THE ANNUAL LAS VEGAS STUDIO TOUR.  Artist's Exhibition at HEWETT HALL, Las Vegas, NM.

              THE MEDIA ARTS BUILDING, Luna Community College, Las Vegas, NM.  An invitational changing exhibition of paintings, drawings, archival pigments on stretched canvases and major pieces of DreamPainted Furniture. November - December.

2015   — THE ANNUAL LAS VEGAS STUDIO TOUR.  Artist's Residence & Studio, Las Vegas, NM.

             "The Garden Art Exhibition."  Invitational theme exhibit, through and with the THE CITIZENS' COMMITTEE FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION'S "Las Vegas Annual Garden Tour."  Las Vegas, NM. 
2014    — “The New Wall.”  As visiting artist, three months at TAOS ARTISANS GALLERY, 107 Bent Street, Taos, New Mexico.
2010   — THE ANNUAL LAS VEGAS STUDIO TOUR.  Artist’s Residence & Studio in Las Vegas, New Mexico.
             “Dwelling Places.” Invitational Group Exhibition, LAS VEGAS ARTS COUNCIL GALLERY. 140 Bridge Street, Las Vegas, New Mexico.
              “As Above, So Below.” LAS VEGAS ARTS COUNCIL GALLERY, 140 Bridge Street, Las Vegas.Three Person Exhibit.
2009  — THE LAS VEGAS ANNUAL STUDIO TOUR, Artist’s New Residence & Studio in Las Vegas, New Mexico.
             “Artists of Historic North New Town Neighborhood, Las Vegas ”  ROYAL MASTODON SOCIETY GALLERY, Bridge Street, Las Vegas, New Mexico.  Group Show.
             “Turning Point.” Las Vegas Arts Council Gallery, 140 Bridge Street, Las Vegas. Group Show.
2008  — WAR-DANCER GALLERY, 150 Bridge Street, Las Vegas, New Mexico.  Rotating Group Exhibitions.
2005  — “The Shrine Show.” OWINGS DEWEY FINE ART, 120 Marcy St., Santa Fe, NM.  Group Show.
2002  — “DeAvila Loft Solo Exhibition,” Held Over. DeAVILA LOFT, Terrell Road, Santa Fe, NM.  Including On Site Murals and Installations. Solo Show.

2001  — BLUE ROSE GALLERY, Santa Fe. Painting, DreamPainted Furniture. Group.
            DeAvila Loft Solo Exhibition, DeAVILA LOFTSanta Fe. Opening of the multimedia event.
2000  BLUE ROSE GALLERY. Santa Fe. DreamPainted Furniture, Paintings on Wood.
1999  — BLUE ROSE GALLERY. Santa Fe. DreamPainted Furniture, Paintings on Wood.
1997  — Santa Fe Furniture Expo, SWEENY CENTER, Santa Fe. DreamPainted Furniture.
1996  — LIZA WILLIAMS GALLERY, Santa Fe. Painting, including 3D with Neon. Group.
            THE STABLES GALLERY, Taos, NM. Painting. Juried Exhibitions.
            THE STABLES GALLERY, Taos, NM. 3-Person Show. Painting, including 3D.
            SYLVIA ULLMAN GALLERY, Cleveland, Ohio. Painting and DreamPainted Furniture. Group.
            THE BARDEN GALLERY Albuquerque, NM. Painting as Illustration: “Conscience: Cowboy’s Self-Reflection.” Large oil on canvas as selected for book cover, Cheerleaders from Gomorah, by John Rember, Confluence Press, Inc., Lewiston, Idaho. October 1993. Group Show.
1995  — THE SANTA FE OPEN STUDIOS TOUR, sponsored by SFCA, Santa Fe. Invitational.  Paintings at The Artist’s Home Studio in Santa Fe, NM.
1994  — THE NASSAU CLUB Princeton, New Jersey. Painting, DreamPainted Furniture Solo Invitational Exhibition.
            SYLVIA ULLMAN GALLERY, Cleveland, Ohio. Painting and DreamPainted Furniture.  Group.
            THE SANTA FE OPEN STUDIOS TOUR, sponsored by SFCA, Santa Fe. Juried Show.  Paintings at The Artist’s Home Studio in Santa Fe.
            THE STABLES GALLERY, Taos, NM. Painting. Juried Exhibitions.


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RÉSUMÉ, continued

(IMAGE ABOVE: Section of wrap around mural for a lasar treatment room, Albuquerque, New Mexcio.)


1993 — JET, Santa Fe. Wearable Art Jewelry, in collaboration with plastics expert, A.G.Winfield.
1991 THE THOMLINSON CRAFT COLLECTION, Baltimore, Maryland. Wearable Art Clothing. Group.
1990 — THE PATTON/DUVAL GALLERY, Los Angeles, California. Folk Art Sculpture in collaboration with William (“Billy”) Rodriguez. Group Show.
           SANTA FE STYLE, Washington, D.C. Sculpture, as above.
           ELAINE HORWICH GALLERY, Santa Fe. Sculpture, as above. 3-Person Show.
           MENAGERIE GALLAERY, Aspen, Colorado. Sculpture, as above. Group.
            SOUTHWEST EXPRESSIONS GALLERY, chicago, Illinois. Sculpture, as above.
            KNIGHT (NYE)/GOMEZ GALLERY, Baltimore, Maryland. Painting. Group.
            RENAISSANCE ART GALLERY, San Diego, California. Sculpture, in  collaboration with Rodriguez.
            THE SPANISH MARKET, Santa Fe. Sculpture, as above. Juried Exhibition.
1989  — THE BRIGETTE SCHLUGER GALLERY, Denver, Colorado. Sculpture, as above.
            THE SPANISH MARKET, Santa Fe, NM. Sculpture, as above. Group.
            THE DALTON-CORDOVA GALLERY, Santa Fe. Sculpture, as above. Group.
            RENAISSANCE ARTS GALLERY, San Diego. Sculpture, as above. Group.
            SOUTHWEST EXPRESSIONS GALLERY, Chicago. Sculpture, as above. Group.
1986  — WHITETOPS GALLERY, Palm Desert, California. Painting and Wearable Art Clothing.
            ARTISTS' GALLERY, Santa Fe, NM. Painting and Wearable Art Clothing. Solo and Group Shows.
1981 — C. GRIMALDIS GALLERY, Baltimore, Maryland. Painting. Group.
          THE DAWINGING HUMMINGBIRD GALLERY, The Plaza, Taos, New Mexico. Painting and Drawing. 4-Person Show.
1980 — PRINCETON ART ASSOCIATION, McCarter Theater, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey.  Group.
1979 — LOYOLA ANNUAL INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION, Loyola University, Baltimore, MD. Painting.
           BALTIMORE ARTS FESTIVAL, Baltimore,MD. Painting. Jurors: Lowell Nesbitt, Artist, New York City, NY; Lowery Sims, Associate Curator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Department of Twentieth Century Art, NYC.
1979 — “Label: Women.” Regional Juried Exhibition, Sponsored by The Women’s Caucus for Art. Jurors: Audrey Flack, Artist, NYC; Jo Ann Lewis, Art Critic, The Washington Post; Ellen Miles, Associate Curator, The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.  Catalogue.
            THE BALTIMORE ARTS TOWER GALLERY: “Special Invitational Exhibit for The Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Arts and Culture,” Baltimore, Maryland. Solo Invitational.
            “Images.” JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY GALLERY, Office of Special Events,  Baltimore, Maryland.   Painting. Solo Show.
1978 — KRAUSHAUR AUDITORIUM GALLERY, Goucher College, Towson, Maryland. Paintings and drawings. Solo Show, by Invitation of the Goucher College Art Department.
1977 — “Explorations’77.” THE GOVERNOR'S CLUB, Baltimore, Maryland. Santa Fe. Invitational Exhibition. Catalogue.
1975  Untitled Solo Show. THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY GALLERY, Office of Special Events,  
Baltimore.  Painting and drawing.
1973 — AWARD: Best of Show, Juried Student Exhibition. THE DECKER GALLERY, The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. Painting. 

         Invitational Exhibition. THE DECKER GALLERY, The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore.  2-Person Show.

1972 — An Invitational Exhibition by THE MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART, at RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE, Providence, RI. Drawing.  Group Exhibition.

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biographical data

(IMAGE ABOVE: Signed Giclée Greeting Card, 5½ X 7¼ inches, of an acrylic painting on canvas, "Revelation."  Both commercial and fine art greeting cards will be available at the SHOP - soon.)


LISA PORTER LAWRENCE was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, where her family lived on a clifftop, overlooking the Ohio River with its group of small islands and a constant passage of barges, boats and summertime water-skiers, as well as the occasional classic steamboat with its large paddle wheel.  She vividly remembers the roller coaster cars, popping up from between the trees across the river and then diving back into them to disappear but without stifling the cries of the passengers.  She also recalls a rather nasty ghostly troll, who inhabited the attic at home for the first years of her life and with whom she communicated telepathically, much to her shock and dismay.  Her family moved to Princeton, New Jersey in 1961.


EDUCATION

While in East Liverpool, Lawrence attended the public elementary school, McKinley School, just a few blocks' walk from her home.

In 1961, Lawrence  entered The Miss Fine's School, close to her new home in Princeton, New Jersey.  When that girls' school merged with the local boys' school, Princeton Country Day, and became The Princeton Day School, after one year, Lawrence was sent to The Baldwin School in Brynn Mawr, Pennsylvania to finish her high school education.
In 1972, Lawrence received her B.A. with “A Concentrate in Studio/Applied Art” from Goucher College, Towson, Maryland.
Immediately upon graduating Goucher, she did a year of post-graduate study within the Graduate Program at The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and received the Award for Best of Show in the Student Exhibition that year.
Then, in 1976, Lawrence met Grace Hartigan, "Abstract Expressionist," who encouraged the young artist to join her for the two year program at The Maryland Institute’s Hoffberger Graduate School of Painting, where Hartigan was Artist In Residence. While thus enrolled for a fall semester, Lawrence also studied etching at The Maryland Institute under a separate program.
In 1977, however, realizing that her needs were different from those met by The Hoffberger program, Lawrence withdrew from that school to continue painting and exhibiting on her own.
In 1979, having become enamored of the printmaking processes, Lawrence became a participating member of The Printmaker’s Workshop Program at The Institute for continued access to equipment and professional support.


RELOCATION:
Ultimately, in 1980, Lawrence began feeling drawn away to the Southwest and made three visits there in 1981. Overwhelming visions and longing inspired her to follow through by relocating there in 1982.
Having concluded her then commitment to Baltimore and the East Coast Art Scene with her show at The Grimaldis Gallery, Lawrence bought a truck and headed out with camping gear to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
While living in various areas of the State, the artist has maintained New Mexico as her home ever since.