About Lisa Draper
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I use fluid and flame to explore our relation to powerful forces of nature - particularly water, fire, and the cosmos.
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 leave it to cure.
Each eye-popping layer has a life of its own. I choose the colors and general movement, but even after I leave my 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. I top everything off with a scratch-resistant clear coat to give a strong and smooth finish. Sharing the breathtaking results are my favorite part of this adventure.
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 lessons from Carol, Lisa’s parents enrolled her in studio classes, where she expanded her skill set across a variety of mediums, and enjoyed 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 and love wherever she goes, because she believes that each person has intrinsic value.
Since “growing up”, Lisa has enjoyed figure study at The Visual Art Institute in Utah, participating in a mural for the Huntsman Cancer Institute, traveling nationally and internationally to attend/exhibit in festivals, workshops, and shows, 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 USA and in Europe, Lisa loves the incredible artists and art opportunities in Utah,. She cherishes the information and inspiration she gets from gallery workers, street vendors, books, websites, workshops and conventions in the state.
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 a member of the board at 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 helping every professional artist build a professional presence - online and in person.
Participating as a guest host on Connect Broadcast has brought rich opportunities and connections in 2019, as Lisa loves bringing appreciation for the artists behind the veil of their incredible art.
Lisa 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.
Lisa Draper is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where she was introduced to the idea that each of us is a Child of God, has worth and value, and should be treated as such. Many of her views on hope, love, kindness, and empathy can be stemmed back to her faith, and she considers it an integral inspiration for her work.
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, hosting impromptu dance parties, playing with her 2 dogs, watching action movies, indulging her sweet tooth, or chatting with pretty much anyone.
Though I no longer take commissions outside of my Resin Mixed Media work, it’s fun to see works I’ve created in other mediums and styles, both long ago and recently.
Click here to access Lisa Draper’s Curriculum Vitae, last edited July 2019. For a copy, simply ask Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lisa Draper’s works hang in homes and businesses across the United States, from California to New York City. And in Italy. Just to make things interesting.
Lisa values the privacy of her clients. She never shares contact information for her clients to anyone without their explicit permission.