Lisa Philipps is an oil painter and printer. She recently completed two years of full-time study in the KOH Atelier at Gage Academy of Art, in Seattle, Wa. Lisa is currently a member of the Incubator Studio at McGuffey Arts Center in Charlottesville, VA.

Choose only one master – Nature. Rembrandt

My love of nature and concern for our natural environment guide my art. With a world that is rapidly changing, I feel a personal responsibility to create work that reminds people of the every day beauty around us. I am drawn to color, and a sense of whimsy, both of which we need during these challenging times. Painting allows me to ‘go big’ in exploring color and the nuances that happen with changing light and form. Printmaking allows me to create in a looser style and push the boundaries of silly. Recently I have taken my love of animals and turned it to a Call To Action, with an endangered species project.


The Endangered Species Project: Last Call, was begun during my studies at Gage Academy, Seattle WA, in the Kang-O’Higgins Contemporary Atelier.

The Endangered Species Project is a personal response to the environmental crisis and a public service contribution. “Endangered Species: Last Call” uses a whimsical yet subversive approach to draw attention to their plight. The goal is to offer non-threatening images, so as not to alienate viewers with feelings of hopelessness, nor appear moralistic, but to create an emotional attachment.

I decided to depict each animal in its cute, plush-toy form, set in the natural environment. To increase my personal contribution to this project, all stuffed animals were “adopted” from conservation organized. They were then photographed in the natural environment before being rendered in oil.  The message I hope to convey is: if we don’t do something now to protect and preserve these species, the plush-toy is all we will have left. With my recent move I plan to continue my this project with the focus on the endangered species of Virginia and the Southeast.