Lisa Beerntsen lives and paints in Graton, California. She and her husband, fellow artist Tony Speirs moved to Sonoma County from the East Bay in 2002.
Lisa got her MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1991, and her BFA from California College of Arts & Crafts (now CCA) in 1983. She has exhibited her paintings on both coasts, recently at Arches Gallery in Healdsburg, & previously at HANG & Meridian Galleries in San Francisco.
Lisa has been an adjunct art instructor at the Santa Rosa Junior College for over 10 years, where she teaches classes in color, painting & drawing. She has previously taught courses at the San Francisco Art Institute, California State University, Stanislaus, & the Universities of Maine & Massachusetts.
One of her recent bodies of work is characterized by underlying abstract forms, color, and movement, overlaid with patterns culled from diverse cultures (Islamic, Celtic, Tibetan, American quilters’…), & images of plant and flower forms. Some paintings also include collage, from a variety of sources; many of the recurrent designs are from stamp blocks she carves herself. An avid gardener, she is much inspired by the changing colors & light of nature. She moves easily between different modes of painting, from realistic to abstract.
Lisa also recently collaborated with Tony Speirs and the collective of artists ‘Art Farm Motel’ on several very large scale painting-installation projects for the Burning Man Art Festival.