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 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 is also finishing the process of designing a body of watercolor work that depicts life in the 1000 Islands is displayed at Bella’s Café in Clayton, NY for their 2019 season and will again be there for the upcoming 2020 season.
Lisa was also recently accepted into the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery’s 2019 Finger Lakes Exhibition. The show opening was Friday, June 15th and ran through September 15th. It’s was wonderful show that she was so thrilled to be a part of.
The current show she was been accepted into for her painting, The Guzzle, is the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society’s Fall 2019 14th International Exhibition of Transparent Watercolor. The show runs from October 20th through November 17th at Kenan Center Gallery in Lockport, NY.
Lisa’s work can also be seen at River Muse Gallery in Clayton, NY through April of 2020. 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 and has been married to her supportive and loving husband, Paul for 31 years.
Lisa also teaches Intuitive Painting; De-Stress Your Mind workshops through the Rochester Brainery several times a year. It’s something that brings such positive light and joy to her space and life!
Her studio is located in Anderson Alley Arts Building, Studio 212, in the Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA) of Rochester, NY and also had a studio in the 1000 Islands, her other home base. She’d love to have you stop by sometime!
Please check out my latest monthly article recently published in Rochester Women Online Magazine! Adding More Color To Your Life; How Creativity and Color Can Change Your Vibration, by Lisa A. Wagner.
Education, Instruction & Affiliations
Anderson Alley Arts Building
I recently renovated my studio in Anderson Alley with my husband (Studio 212). Come visit us for First Friday (First Friday of each month) for open studio from 6-8pm. Click Here for more info.
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.”
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
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