Visual artist specializing in custom watercolors and illustration.


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. Natural imagery surrounded me as a child and I grew up with an appreciation for all things with fur, feathers or scales. My portfolio includes surreal watercolor & mixed media illustrations with a focus on environmental issues, playful children, furry friends and forest scenes.

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 .

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 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. I live and work in Mobile, AL 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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