Photos courtesy of Crispin Courtenay
As if the atmosphere and grounds at Europa Village weren’t enough to make us swoon on our mid-day work “lunch”, we were greeted by the sight of live-painter and local artist Lisa Owen Lynch who was in the middle of painting a wine-tasting class. Her sunny smile and cheery personality were as charming as the lovely piece adorning her easel and we were lucky enough to sit under the shade of the French-inspired awning at Europa to find out more about this local artisan.
Born and raised in Seattle Washington, Lisa grew up in a creative world of her own as she captured the environment around her. While most of us scribbled outside the lines in coloring books, Lisa spent hours drawing the cross sections of houses and cities she saw. She remembers how her free-spirited mother felt that coloring books stifled creativity and encouraged her to draw her own pictures, on both sides of the paper no-less, with FLAIR pens. Her father, a draftsman at Boeing, was also largely influential in her life. Much later in high school, Lisa advanced from drawing streets and cities to photographs of people out of magazines, and with inspirational art teacher Ron Carson who let her sit on the floor and paint, she soared as an artist. But years later, Lisa would graduate not with an art degree, but with a degree in political science. Astounded at this answer, I asked her if anyone had forced her into this decision. She replied, “No, it was my decision- I wanted to join the Foreign Service”. Determined and dedicated, Lisa even studied Russian for a while before becoming a restaurant manager in the Seattle area.
Lisa’s early professional career started with intricate chalkboards for restaurants, fish houses, and coffee shops. One of her first large-scale murals still hangs in Washington State Wine Country. Lisa recalls, “When I brought in the mock up (which was a very pastoral scene of vineyards) to the company owner he said, ‘where’s all the people? Where are the geese? The pheasants? The vineyard workers? The dogs?’, so from then on I realized the power of the living scene and work to capture the energy of the living subjects in a composition”. Lisa had a background in dance having been trained in ballet at a very young age and was heavily influenced by the figures and lines created by the dancers. To this day, she still captures the beauty and precision of dancers in her work.
In 2005 Lisa and moved to Temecula and became a substitute teacher at local school districts. It wasn’t until 2012 that art became her sole focus and she started her design service called “Trained Art Monkey”- named as such because she will paint anything on anything and can be very versatile when it comes to art “projects”. Since her art career started Lisa has painted 100,000’s of square feet of theater sets over the years and even paints on stage at the Old Town Temecula Community theater. Thrilled to be the Art Director for Jete Products and the “featured artist” for Europa Village Wine Labels this year, she has raised $15,000 for local charities with her live painting donations which are unique, one-of-a-kind pieces.
If you follow Lisa on Instagram you will find her feed peppered with new ways of painting among her other works of more traditional mediums. These digital masterpieces are made possible with the new technology of art and painting apps available on the iPad. “My style really evolved once the iPad came out because I can draw directly on the screen and focus on different details”, says Lisa. It is a medium that even non-artists are turning to to pass the time or simply doodle during a rainy day. And with an inspiration as wonderful as Lisa, even you can be inspired to break out the art brushes whether they be in a jar or on your tablet.
Lisa’s paintings and works of art can be found at www.paintlivesocal.com