Barn Cat
11 x 14 in.

Atlanta artist Lisa Gleim is just one in a family deeply rooted with Southern artists, some of whom are also successful painters. A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Lisa is strongly influenced by the great American Impressionists.

After graduating from PAFA, her love of pastels took off when a family friend gifted her a set of French pastels, she was immediately hooked. “The medium,” she says “allows me the ability to capture the effect of light with extreme vividness.” She is particularly interested in capturing the beauty of light and how it affects her subjects, whether it be an animal or a coastal landscape. “The richness that painting with pure pigment provides me is unmatched”, she says.

Lisa is always looking at her daily encounters as possible paintings. She never leaves home without her camera or at least, her phone so she always has the option to capture a perfect moment. Although her work is primarily created in studio, she does paint in plein air whenever possible. Each year she takes a week-long painting trip, usually near water.

Both her portraits and landscapes can be found in many private collections across the United States including the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical, the Court of Chancery in Wilmington, DE and has been included in numerous publications, including several issues of the book Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing series by Northlight Books.

Lisa is the Audubon Artists 2012 & 2016 Gold Medal of Honor for Pastel recipient, and Audubon Artists 2013 Art Spirit Foundation’s Gold Medal Award for Pastel. In 2016 she was the Atlanta Branch of the National League of Pen Women’s Artist of the Year. She is a signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists, a Master Circle Member of the International Association of Pastel Societies and a juried associate member of the Society of Animal Artists, to name a few. After living and working in Philadelphia for eight years, she returned to her native home of Atlanta in 2000 where she maintains her studio and residence with her husband and 12 year old daughter.

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