Since childhood, Lisa Pedersen has found herself immersed in the creative arts. Raised during the 60’s and 70’s, in the small “artsy” town of Sierra Madre, just north of Pasadena, she and her sisters were swept up in the artistic movement of that time. There was always a big crock of colored pencils on the kitchen table, and her parents (both artists) encouraged her to draw from an early age. Artistic talent runs through her family tree. Her grandfather and great uncle were Danish landscape painters and her sister Janet is an illustrator in New York.
Lisa graduated from USC and then went on to study in the UCLA Architectual and Interior Design Program. She continued taking fine art classes through the years. When her children started school she began to study painting with her friend, established oil painter, John Brosio, who studied with Wayne Thiebaud at UC Davis. After a year of working together, John encouraged her to paint professionally.
Lisa loves the diverse beauty of the California landscape. She has traveled up and down the coast, painting the dwindling open spaces, the architecture of the cities, the orange groves, and the eucalyptus and oak trees that dot the countryside. Her strong sense of design and love of period architecture is very evident in her paintings. Painting in waterbased oils, she often mixes muted colors to reflect the filtered effect of California’s famous atmospheric haze ( that’s Southern California smog) on board because of the earth tone background. She feels that living on the California coast, where many early plein air painters worked, is very inspirational.
Lisa lives in Santa Barbara with her family on the Riviera and sells out of her studio.