Lisa Ridgers was born in Shoreham-By-Sea on England’s South Coast in September 1968. She spent part of her childhood living on the quaint island of Majorca in the Mediterranean Sea.
For as long as Lisa can remember, the passion to create has always been with her. She began expressing this passion with drawing and sketching, and found herself selling her pencil sketch portraitures when she was only thirteen years old.
Finishing her education in the United Kingdom, Lisa came to the United States as a ‘true-to-life Mary Poppins’ English nanny. Her earned B.S. Degree in Finance and her inherent artistic ability became the perfect combination for a full-time creative career complemented with the strong business sense acquired in her years in sales and in the mortgage business. Switching from a financial calling to a creative one was the best thing Lisa ever did, but she acknowledges that her financial background deeply empowered her career as a business-savvy self-employed artist.
Lisa has developed her own unique style using acrylic paints together with a range of mediums and techniques that, by their very contradiction, create a harmonious, fresh look. Ridgers’ multimedia works have been described as a fusion of bold organic palettes and natural elements, with a subject matter ranging from contemporary minimalist representations to vivid and earthy abstract landscapes.
The diversity found in nature and in different cultures forms Lisa’s inspiration, and the shapes and contours of her surroundings are translated onto her canvas as colors, compositions and concepts. “If I can fuse the simplicity of our earth’s gifts together with a contemporary twist,” says Lisa, “I feel that I have created an abstract reflection of our world for others to enjoy.” It is her hope to provide the viewer with a tranquil pause from everyday life through her creations, and to provide a visual catalyst to bring the viewer into the present moment, if only for a brief time. But overall, Lisa feels that a sense of truth, fairness and simplicity “. . . is probably the most important thing – to represent oneself and one’s work from the heart.”
Lisa’s philosophy is rooted in truth and simplicity, and she attempts to represent both of these in her work and in her life. Experimentation with various techniques, coupled with a reductive, spontaneous process results in the honest vision that is so engaging in Lisa’s work. While she does have an overall plan at the start of each painting, she tries to keep out of the way of the natural progression of the work itself. Says Lisa, “I find that ‘magic’ can happen a lot if you let it and don’t interfere too much!”
When Lisa is not painting in her studio, she enjoys traveling, playing with her dog, kayaking, watching movies, photography, and attending local galleries and art shows. After living fourteen years in the Arizona desert, Lisa has recently relocated to the Midwest and has become a U.S. citizen.
Lisa has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, and her work can be found in both corporate and private collections in Europe, Canada and the United States.
“My passion for travel and the diversity found in nature and different cultures inspire me.”
“My passion for travel and the diversity found in nature and different cultures inspire me. I feel that if I can fuse the simplicity of our earth’s gifts together with a contemporary twist that I have created an abstract reflection of our world for others to enjoy.”
Lisa originally came to the U.S. as an “English nanny” with a family that had six children!