August Virtual Studio Tour with Artist Lisa McShane

Painting of the Quinault Kalaloch beach

Friday, August 13, 2021
4:00-5:00 p.m. PDT




Check out this video to watch the August Virtual Studio Tour with Artist Lisa McShane.

Lisa uses layers of oil paint and glazing to capture deep waters, the pattern of waves on wet sand, and the eroded hills of the Pacific Northwest. Her paintings are abstracted, graphic, and focused on light and land and water. 

Lisa has been an oil painter since she was 12 years old when she spent Saturdays working in Herr Ludwig’s studio near Ramstein Air Base in Germany. She studied metal sculpture and oil painting in college and after years of raising children, working for Conservation NW, volunteering and working in politics, she refocused on oil painting. 

In 2015, she was the Artist in Residence at Petrified Forest National Park and in 2017 was the Artist in Residence at Grand Canyon-Parshant National Monument. One of her paintings, The Sun Sets on the Slope of the Horse Heaven Hills, was on exhibit in the American Embassy in Yemen for several years and Mountains at Dusk is in the collection of the Washington State Governor's Mansion in Olympia, Washington. 

Lisa lived with her family in Bellingham for 31 years, eventually turning a small garage into her studio. In 2015, she moved her studio to a large space on Samish Island. Lisa is represented by Smith and Vallee Gallery in Edison and her next solo show there opens this October.  

I’m Victorian Martinsen and I’m the Program Director for this event. Feel free to call me at 360.650.3353 or via email at if you have any questions or comments. WWU is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodation, please contact me.