About Lisa Draper
I love to explore our relation to powerful forces of nature, particularly water and fire, through works made using fluid and flame.
The wonder I see when others view my art fuels my love of creation. The most frequent question I get is: “How?!?”
I begin with a 2-part epoxy resin, and add color to bring the adhesive to life. I pour and manipulate the mixture on a custom-made surface, apply heat using a blowtorch (to eliminate bubbles and enhance oil-based effects), and then leave it to cure.
Each epoxy layer has a life of its own. I choose the colors and general movement, but even after I leave the studio, the fluid medium continues to change throughout its 24 hour cure. It is incredible to watch the artwork breathe and dance throughout the night. I love the journey of fear and discovery I live as I walk away from my work, and return to something independent each time I create.
To bring structure, I’ll sometimes add a layer of alcohol ink, acrylic, or metal leafing before applying a final clear coat. After this final cure, I build a custom frame from scratch, thus ensuring both a beautiful fit for each work of art, as well as guaranteed quality - from the handmade surface through the frame.
Lisa Draper held her first paintbrush around the age of 2.
Her paternal grandmother, Carol Gerlach, is a watercolorist who has been instrumental in her artistic development. After a few years of sporadic lessons from Carol, Lisa’s parents enrolled her in studio classes, where she expanded her skill set across a variety of mediums, and enjoyed some success in the local show circuit.
After receiving a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Brigham Young University, Lisa discovered a strong need for fine art that moves people. She finds immense joy in creating works of art that are distinctly different, and that engage others in conversation and reflection. She strives to spread light wherever she
Since “growing up”, Lisa has enjoyed figure study at The Visual Art Institute in Utah, participating in a mural for the Huntsman Cancer Institute, attending workshops in Las Vegas and all over Utah Valley, participating in the SLC Connect program, and working with clients one-on-one to create beauty just for them.
Though her work hangs in homes across the nation, she loves the incredible artists and art opportunities in Utah, and cherishes the information and inspiration she gets from gallery workers, street vendors, books, websites, workshops and conventions in the state.
Lisa’s work has been sold in the Urban Arts Gallery in SLC, online, in one-on-one consultations, out of her car, and on commission. Because there really isn’t any one perfect way to bring beauty to the masses.
Shows have included Connect in SLC, and and Gallery 101 in Orem.
In 2018 Lisa had the honor of being an awards winner through the SLC Connect program, and finds joy in the exciting exchange of ideas and beauty that is gained through community programs such as this.
As Director of Landmark Artist a company committed to bringing original art to community walls, Lisa loves to help fellow artists thrive. She works through the company to get emerging artists exhibiting in non-traditional spaces, and and helping every professional artist build a professional presence - online and in person.
She is also a member of the Board of Directors at The Golden Rule Project, which helps to spread kindness, compassion, and empathy through teaching The Golden Rule as a universal principle.
When Lisa is not creating or serving in her various capacities in the community, she can be found spending time with her husband and 3 children, or chatting with pretty much anyone.