I feel fortunate to be able to focus my time on creative activities; currently painting, working with driftwood and making jewelry.
In painting, I work with the ordering of color harmonies and the merging of textures, establishing an underlying structure then enlivening it with loose areas of playful color. I use the same color harmonies with juxtaposition of color bits in jewelry, a sort of simplified design on a line.
I have lived in the Seattle area for 25 years. Before that I lived in Alaska for 16 years. Like most artists I have made art my entire life, and like most artists I receive my inspiration from nature.
In 1982 Lisa established an illustration and design studio. Lisa A.Valore, Art • Design produced hundreds of creative and innovative design solutions for many organizations and businesses. She adopted digital design, illustration and pre-press production in 1989. She received recognition and numerous awards during sixteen busy years in Fairbanks. "Raven" a paper sculpture, was chosen for the widely circulated Fairbanks telephone directory.
Lisa served for many years on the Visual Arts Committee of the Fairbanks Arts Association, and on the Board of Directors of Vanessapress. She served as co-president of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators from 2009–2012.
Lisa exhibited in juried shows since 1986 in Washington, Pennsylvania and Alaska. Her work received first-place awards in drawing, watercolor painting, book and publication design. She also has several awards in each category of bead weavings, illustration, graphic design and sculpture. While painting is her primary interest, she also works with driftwood, knits and makes jewelry and name paintings as unique art gifts.
1978 BFA cum laude from the Columbus College of Arts & Design
Architects GDM, Proposal Designer and Interior Designer: color selection and plan schedules for over 20 schools and other buildings, including the Valdez Convention Center. She participated in presentations, built models and traveled to several remote villages in northern Alaska.
? 2008 ArtFX Gallery, Seattle Washington
? 1990 Art & Architecture Gallery, Seattle Washington
? 1988 Civic Center Gallery, Fairbanks Alaska
Fine Art and Painting Awards
? Over 50 works exhibited in juried art shows from 1983 to 2008
? “Portia", Second Place Painting, Kenmore Arts Show 2008
? "Timna", First Place Drawing, 34th Greater Bothell Fine Arts Show 2004
? "Pink Cottage", First Place Watercolor, 34th Greater Bothell Fine Arts Show, 2004
? "Red Tulips", Third Place Watercolor, 33rd Greater Bothell Fine Arts Show, 2003
? “March", “60 Mile Cloud" & “Left Behind", Images of Expression, the First Annual Fairbanks Painters Show 1991
? “Distant Blue" was the 6th work was selected for the Alaska One Public Television Festival Poster in 1989
? "Still", Equinox Award, 3rd Annual 64th Parallel Juried Art Exhibit, Fairbanks Alaska, 1988
? "Summer Night", First Place, Fairbanks Watercolor, 1988
? Design Commission: Hudson Stuck Stain Glass window at the historical St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Glass Bead Weavings:
? "Memoria", Third Place Award, Kenmore, Washington
? “Italian Ice", Absolutely Beads Award, Bellevue, Washington 1996
? "Beads Afloat!", Absolutely Beads Award, Bellevue, Washington
? "Sunset", Honorable Mention, Interior Artisans, Fairbanks Alaska 1994
? “Box of Beads", Kenmore Arts Show 2006 Sculpture:
? “Rhododendron Sticks", Kenmore Arts Schow 2007
? "Raven" three-dimensional paper sculpture was selected in a telephone directory competition. Subsequently it received a merit award, exhibited at the Art Director's Club in New York City, and was included in the Third Annual 3-Dimensional Illustrators Source Book.
? Four illustrations depicting the seasons, animals and plants of Alaska's Interior were part of the Bureau of Land Management's Arctic Circle Wayside on the Dalton Highway, which received a First Place Award from the National Association for Interpretation.
? 1992 Art Director for two Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation Education Kits. The Secondary Education kit was a box set with over 40 individual items printed in one to seven colors. The kit featured 10 lesson plans and 5 posters, including a timeline over 10 feet long.
? A map graphic was featured in Before & After in 1992 to illustrate an innovative three color blend technique.
? 1994 Panache Productions logo and letterhead in the American Corporate Identity's 10th Annual Source Book.
? During a year as a Publications Specialist for the Alaska Sea Grant College Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Lisa designed and illustrated several books and publications which received industry awards. The Guide to Marine Mammals of Alaska received seven awards.
Abbreviated Client List and Projects
BLM, Chamber of Commerce, City of Fairbanks, Fairbanks Arts Association, Convention and Visitor's Association, Institute of Arctic Biology, Municipal Utility System, North Star Borough, North Star Borough School District, PBS-KUAC TV, US Fish and Wildlife Service, University of Alaska Museum, University of Alaska Press, Usibelli Coal Advertisements, Fairbanks Arts Association Magazine, architectural renderings, book design and book production, brochures, calendars, compact disc, education materials, embroidery design, identity programs, interpretive display illustrations, maps, product packaging, political campaigns, posters, presentations, show programs, publications, signs, slide presentations, symbols, trade show display illustrations.