Born in Devon, UK in 1974 Lisa Parker has always had a very keen interest in art, studying Natural History Illustration at Bournemouth & Poole Institute of Art & Design. Since leaving college she has worked successfully for many years as a freelance artist & has staged many one-man & two-man shows, as well as exhibiting work in prestigious locations such as The Mall galleries in London & Madison Avenue, New York. Although traditionally a wildlife artist Lisa has for many years ventured into the realms of witchcraft & fantasy; her wildlife skills naturally lending themselves to creatures & fairies. Her love of witchcraft & wildlife come together to create beautiful & unique designs.
“Ever since I was very small, perhaps as young as three? I'd always take myself off & draw. It has been an obsession of mine for as long as I can remember. Wildlife & animals have always been my main passion & I love to draw from life wherever possible, however as fashions change that kind of art has become less popular so I've had to steer myself more towards the design world. Most of my designs are done digitally, this enables the designs to be modified & changed towards the customers needs, & adpated to more than one product.
Over the years I have exhibited a lot, mostly with my oil paintings. I’ve been very fortunate in my life to be surrounded by fantastic painters who have influenced me & been very generous with advice, I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without the late Mick Cawston, who made me take a sketch book wherever I went, & I mean everywhere! From sketching people in cafes & pubs to crawling in muddy bogs to draw exmoor ponies & deer. We took painting from life to the extreme... Being balanced on rocks, to actually having our easels in the river! He believed that drawing from life is the truest form of art & you cannot begin to do anything else until you'd mastered that. Mick also started me exhibiting, & took me to the trade fairs to show me all the areas I could take my art. Malcome Coward, Barry Peckham and Colin Allbrook have also all been hugely influencial in my career.”
Lisa Parker (www.lisaparker.co.uk)