American Women Artists would like to welcome AWA Signature Member Lisa Gleim to our esteemed Board of Directors. Lisa works in both pastel and oil, and is particularly interested in capturing light in her work. She paints on location as often as she can and especially likes coastal scenes and the Low Country regions in the American South. She has exhibited her work in numerous juried shows and invitational exhibitions, and many of her paintings are also held in private collections around the world.
Lisa is the Show Chair for our upcoming museum exhibition at Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, daughter and three rescue dogs.
AWA is thrilled to have Lisa join us in celebrating women artists!
Below is an interview with Lisa excerpted from Southwest Art magazine, 9/17/2019
Loft Cat, 20 x 24 inches, pastel on paper
What inspires you to paint? I love painting the effects of light. It’s fascinating to watch the colors and shades radically change in a landscape.
How would you describe your style? I consider myself a pastelist more than anything else. If I had to pick a style, I would say that I am a representational colorist.
How did you first get interested in art? I was always told that I was drawing before I could write my name. My first award was for a drawing I did when I was 5; my mother entered it into a state fair art show.
Where did you study art? I graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and studied at length with artists including Burton Silverman and Peggy Baumgartner.
What is your creative process like? I am always taking photos of things that inspire me, so I have thousands of reference photos to work from. I tend to stick with one subject, like landscapes or wildlife, for several paintings. Working on several pieces at the same time helps me keep the paintings fresh and not overworked.
What have been some of the highlights of your career? Receiving the Gold Medal of Honor in Pastel at the Audubon Artists exhibitions in 2012 and 2016 and the Art Spirit Foundation’s Gold Medal Award for Pastel in 2013. And I am particularly proud of having a small portrait of my daughter be part of the American Women Artists’ show at the Haggin Museum.
What galleries represent your work? Cheryl Newby Gallery, Pawleys Island, SC; Creighton Block Gallery, Big Sky, MT; Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK; Atlanta Artist Collective, Atlanta, GA; and www.lisagleimfineart.com.