Lisa M. Shimko’s paintings reveal the influences of a sundry of research topics, old memories, and daydreaming.
Lisa enjoyed her childhood in York County, Pennsylvania collecting rocks and exploring the terrain of forests and farms. Colors, forms, and textures from nature and the simple designs of Pennsylvania German folk art infused the foundation of her artistic aesthetic.
In 1994, she earned a BFA in Painting with a minor in Art Therapy from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The urban landscapes of the northeast supplied a different kind of nature for her to explore–from architecture, social issues to history and all the music in between. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina became Lisa’s home in 2000 and its sub-tropical estuaries added a new chapter to her aesthetic book.
Childhood memories of hills, forests and fields, northeastern cities and the southern coast initiated an exploration of environmental issues. The beauty of surroundings intertwines with topics ranging from endangered animals, climate change to anthropology, all osmosing into her art.
Aspiring to reflect and feed the varied natures of the muses and parts of the brain, Lisa’s painting style ranges from multi-colored painterly abstracts to honed animals imbued with an allegorical curiosity.
Charleston, South Carolina was Lisa’s home for 12 years and recently she relocated to the Appalachian foothills of Greenville, South Carolina where new explorations have begun.
Lisa’s art still has a home in Charleston at Mitchell Hill Gallery.