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Lisa Wiertel

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I do not remember a time when art was not a part of my life. Some of my earliest memories revolve around art. I was always creating things and drawing as a child. I would make my own paper dolls and draw states freehand to make my own puzzles.

I grew up in Amherst, NY and graduated in 1987 from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a dual major in Art Studio and English. My Art degree was focused on textiles and drawing. Since graduating from college, I have had the opportunity to study under many different artists. I have studied drawing and painting at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY), Maryland College of Art and Design (Wheaton, MD), the Art League School (Alexandria, Virginia), Peninsula Fine Arts Center (Newport News, VA) and the Charles Taylor Arts Center (Hampton, VA).

I have tackled many different subjects-florals, animals, landscapes, still lifes and architectural landmarks. Each painting has given me the opportunity to learn more about my medium and to grow as an artist.Since starting to paint in acrylics, two of my paintings have been made into posters. My painting "Daffodil Dance" was chosen as the festival poster for the Gloucester County Daffodil Festival in 2006. In 2007, my painting of the old Fuller's Hotel in Phoebus, Virginia was selected as the poster for Phoebus Days in Hampton, VA.

I have also started over the last few years creating mixed media pieces by combining the skills I have honed in both painting and drawing. I have found that this medium allows me to depict what I want to convey from the natural world. Each mixed media piece requires many different layers of materials and goes through many different versions before the final product.

I make James City County, Virginia my home where I live with my husband, 3 children, 2 dogs, 3 cats and bird. I am also a certified master gardener, an animal lover and a section hiker of the Virginia portion of the Appalachian Trail. I believe that if you let it, nature has a way to speak to your soul. I enjoy spending my time outdoors where I find inspiration in the world around me whether it's in my garden, driving down the road or taking a walk with my dog.

Thank you for stopping by and looking at my gallery!