Lisa Cassel grew up in Hastings, Nebraska and she has been drawn to all things art and crafty for most of my life. She enjoys dabbling in a little bit of every kind of art, but my favorite mediums involve drawing–graphite, charcoal, pastel, colored pencil & pen and ink. She has pretty much been creating something since a young age–if I’m not working on a project, she can usually be found doodling in a sketchbook. Lisa loves to do portraits, and have recently become very interested in making still-life with a twist of trompe l’oeil, or trick of the eye. Her favorite artists, who have inspired her greatly, are M.C. Escher, J.W. Waterhouse, J.D. Hillberry, Norman Rockwell, Degas, Van Gogh, and Renoir to name a few. Escher and Hillberry have had the greatest influence on me. She especially enjoy the tricks they put into their work–their art makes you think, it’s more than just a pretty picture (though those are nice, too!). She likes her drawings to be like that as well. Lisa has been getting into oil painting more and more, because of the opportunity that she had to go to the Bob Ross Workshop in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where she became a certified Bob Ross Landscape Instructor (CRI). She learned to paint happy trees and clouds, and that truly anyone can paint if they want to and put the time in.
Other than my certification in landscape painting in oils through Bob Ross, INC, and acrylic painting certification through Grumbacher, I have very little formal art training, but I devour art books and art technique YouTube videos constantly. The best thing about art is that you can’t really do it wrong, because it is so subjective. You just have to keep experimenting until you come up with something you like. There are so many avenues to explore and possibilities to seek out–it’s an endless pursuit! I love to share my passion of art with anyone else who also shares it. I teach private lessons through out the year, and several classes at the home school co-op that my children attend during the school year, as well as other places. I also teach for SCC and I’m also an active member the Lincoln Artists’ Guild, having been elected vice president of the organization since 2017.