Hi! I am Lisa Johnston Hancock a visual artist, freelance illustrator and art educator formally trained in the arts with a B. F. A. from the University of Alabama and an M. F. A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
As a visual artist, I enjoy working with the juxtaposition of figure and environment using watercolor as my medium. It is my hope that this marrying of the two brings awareness to various species and their ecosystems and how we as humans have the ability to foster growth and survival. A contour line, tranquil forest or mystical light, adds a sense of surreal, spiritual energy as the viewer takes in the elements composed. We feel an instinctual need to take care of things that evoke a connection. Nature has a transcendental quality, and I strive to illustrate this inner connection between man and surroundings.
My illustrations are created with mixed media such as graphite, watercolor, gouache and collage elements. The work in my portfolio illustrates narrative themes that invite the viewer to define their own version of the story. I work as a freelance illustrator therefore some of the pieces are spreads for a particular story. I am drawn to narratives that can educate children on flora and fauna and in doing so, teach them how to better take care of their environment.
As an art educator, I have taught secondary, collegiate and adult art classes and participated in numerous group and solo art exhibitions, including my solo show titled Inner Transcendence, at the Mobile Arts Council in 2017. I have been an active participant in the arts since graduate school. In 2006, I exhibited my work at the Mobile Museum of Art and assisted in curating Generation X: Post Boomers of the South. In 2016 I was awarded Chalk Champ at the LoDA Squares Sidewalk Art Competition and in 2017 I won an Award of Excellence for my Sea Turtle Interior painting, exhibited alongside works from the Smithsonian at the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center. Most recently, my watercolor painting “Star Crossed Lovers” won “Best in Show” at the Naturally Inspired juried exhibition at Marnee’s Studio in Mobile, Alabama.
I work by commission, have an online shop and sell work through Marnee’s Studio, where I also teach watercolor and drawing classes. You can view my art work available for purchase and class schedule by visiting www.marneestudio.com I am a member of the Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society of Mobile and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Currently I am in the process of illustrating my first picture book titled “The Yellow-Speckled Black Bird,” written by Dylan Pritchett and published by Maclaren-Cochrane Publishing. I live and work in Mobile, Alabama and when I am not painting, you can find me exploring new places with my husband and two very energetic children.
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