About the Artist
Lisa 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. Other instructors that have been pivotal in her creative growth include Edwina Farnand (who introduced her to collage), Lynn Whipple & Carla Sonheim to name a few.
Lisa’s watercolor piece, “We’re Home!” was selected for the ANEAW show in Old Forge, NY and will be on display at the View Art Center through September 27, 2020.
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. She designed a body of watercolor work that depicts life in the 1000 Islands. It is displayed at River Muse Gallery in Clayton, NY and at Bay House Artisans in Alexandria Bay, NY.
Lisa was accepted into the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery’s 2019 Finger Lakes Exhibition. The show opening was Friday, June 15th and ran through September 15th, 2019. It’s was wonderful show that she was so thrilled to be a part of.
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 can also be seen at River Muse Gallery in Clayton, NY. It’s a wonderful gallery that features artists that work and live in that area. Much of the work depicts the 1000 Island region and all its splendor.
Lisa is the mother of two amazing adult children, Jackie and Adam (who recently married Ashley!), and has been married to her supportive and loving husband, Paul for 32 years.
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, “Failing Creatively; What You Envisioned May Not Be Ideal,” by Lisa A. Wagner.
Education, Instruction & Affiliations
Anderson Alley Arts Building
I am about to leave my beloved art studio in Anderson Alley. I am currently moving to the 1000 Islands permanently, but plan to keep my foot in Rochester. Hope you can come up and visit 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.”
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