About the Artist

Lisa Manners

On Art and Nature

Lisa Manners - Biography

For over twenty years, I had a demanding information technology job and traveled each week to lead consulting projects for clients across the country.  It was a stressful way to live. Then I discovered a half-day watercolor class offered by the Corcoran School each Saturday, the only day each week I was sure I'd be home.  The concentration required to create a painting was just what I needed to free my mind from pressures of work.  

In my early twenties, my future husband introduced me to birding. Together we took month-long trips to explore diverse natural areas from desert to estuary, rainforest to tundra. We've traveled six continents and seen nearly a quarter of the world's species of birds.  In Panama we saw a Harpy Eagle guarding a chick in its rainforest nest.  In Argentina we watched Andean Condors return to their evening roosts, folding their wings like Dracula's cape and disappearing into the cliffside crevices. During a year in Hawaii, we began building a list of several hundred species of fish, to go with our bird list.  With binoculars in one hand and camera in the other, we marveled at the great mammal migration stretching across the plains of East Africa; the kaleidoscope of colorful sea life on the Great Barrier Reef; the dazzling clouds of butterflies when sun breaks through at Iguazu Falls. Everywhere we went, I brought home photos, sketches, and memories that inspire my paintings. 

In 2009, while living in Colorado, I began painting with the Plein Air Painters of Estes Park (PAPEP).  That year I also ventured beyond watercolors to try plein air with oils.  Painting outdoors meant risking bugs and twigs falling on the wet paint, fast-moving clouds or sun that forced me to work quickly as the scene changed before my eyes, and the occasional wind gust that blew over the easel.  But I got to enjoy the scent of pines, the warmth of the sun, and the companionship of other painters. 

In October 2014, I moved to Oregon, where I look forward to getting to know the Pacific Northwest.  I spent time as a child on my grandfather's sailboat and have always loved the ocean edges - where the land meets the sea. So I am looking forward to painting the scenery and seabirds along the Oregon Coast.

Follow my blog, "On Art and Nature" to engage in discussions of art , wildlife and wild places.  In 2012, I kept a daily journal of a birding trip from the high Andes to the Amazonian rainforest in Peru.  Those pages and the accompanying photo gallery are still available on my blog. Look for "Peru: Andes to Amazon" in the Categories index at the bottom of the screen.