About the ArtistLisa is mainly a watercolor artist but also enjoys acrylic, collage, conceptual art and intuitive painting. Although she chose to major in accounting and business management, her first love was always art. Her first true art class began after the birth of her son in 1995. It was a beginner watercolor class with Rochester artist, Judy Soprano (her mentor and self-proclaimed second mother). From there, her practice was kicked into high gear.
Lisa’s watercolor piece, “We’re Home!” was selected for the 2019 Rochester Memorial Art Gallery’s Finger Lakes Exhibition and for the 2020 ANEAW show in Old Forge, NY. “Red, Right Returning was in their 2019 show, as well.
Lisa’s painting, The Guzzle, was in the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society’s Fall 2019 14th International Exhibition of Transparent Watercolor. The show ran at Kenan Center Gallery in Lockport, NY.
Lisa’s work has been in national and international shows and received multiple awards. She teaches private lessons and leads a day-long workshop called Courage, Creation and Connection that incorporates intuitive painting, yoga, meditation, massage and intuitive guidance and life coaching.
Lisa is the mother of two amazing adult children, Jackie and Adam (who recently married Ashley!), and has been married her high school sweetheart, Paul 33 years ago.
Lisa also teaches Intuitive Painting; De-Stress Your Mind and collage workshops through the Rochester Brainery several times a year. It’s something that brings such positive light and joy to all those who attend!
Her studio is located at her new home in Wellesley Island, NY; part of the beautiful 1000 Islands region. She also has her worked displayed at her former studio in Anderson Alley Arts Building, in the NOTA section of Rochester, NY.
Please check out my latest monthly article recently published in Rochester Women Online Magazine, “Fighting the Oppression of Women’s Voices” by Lisa A. Wagner.
Education, Instruction & Affiliations
Anderson Alley Arts Building
I have had to leave my beloved art studio in Anderson Alley. I am currently in the 1000 Islands permanently, but plan to keep my foot in Rochester. My lovely friend, Sherry Tulloch has a few of my pieces in her studio at Anderson on the second floor. Hope you can stop in there or come up and visit the beautiful Islands sometime!
American Watercolor Society (AWS), Associate Member
National Watercolor Society (NWS), Associate Member
National Collage Society (NCS), Associate Member
Pittsford Art Group, Former President
2003 – Present
Pittsford Art Group, Member
Greece Central Schools Community Education, Mix Media Instructor
2001 – 2004
Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, Water Color & Collage Instruction
1995 – 2003
Watercolor Instructor, with Judy Soprano
1986 – 1988
State University of New York at Brockport, Student
1984 – 1986
Monroe Community College, Student
Show and Awards
2019 – Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society’s Fall 2019 14th International Exhibition of Transparent Watercolor, “The Guzzle.”
2020 – 35th Annual Adirondack National Exhibition of Watercolors, “We’re Home!”
2018 – 33rd Annual Adirondack National Exhibition of Watercolors, “Red Right Returning.”
2006 – 25rd Annual Adirondack National Exhibition of Watercolors, “Weathered Art.”
2004 – 23rd Annual Adirondack National Exhibition of Watercolors, “Japanese Sake Barrels.”
2021 River Muse Plein Air Art Competition, Clayton, NY “Calumet Island” and “French Bay”
2021 Thousand Island’s Art Center, Clayton, NY “Red, Right Returning” and “We’re Home”
2019 Rochester Memorial Art Gallery’s Finger Lakes Exhibition, “Red, Right Returning”
PAG 2018 Barnes and Noble Spring Show: Merit Award “Happy Flowers”
PAG 2005 Holiday Art Show: Juror’s Award, “Superhero’s Vertigo”
SRAG 2005 Town Hall Show: Second Place, “If A Lion Ate A Salad, Would He Use A Fork”
SRAG Spring Show Chairperson, Publicity Chairperson
PAG 2005 Spring Art Show: Merit Award, “Moonlit Geisha”
SRAG 2005 Spring Art Show: First Place, “Moonlit Geisha”
SRAG 2005 Spring Art Show: First Place, “Fish Waltz”
SRAG 2005 Spring Art Show: Second Place, “Japanese Sake Barrels”
SRAG 2005 Spring Art Show: Third Place, “Pueblo II”
SRAG 2004 Town Hall Art Show: First Place, “Molly Couture”
SRAG 2004 Town Hall Art Show: Popular Vote, “Harmony”
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle: September 2005, Our Towns