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Meet Lisa Gizara of Gizara Arts in Santa Monica

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Gizara.

Lisa, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Searching for the mysterious in the mundane has inspired me ever since I picked up my father’s camera and placed my first stroke of color on a canvas. I started painting landscapes at the age of 12 and studied the romantically realistic east coast landscapes by George Inness and the abstractly explosive European waterscapes of William Turner. My camera has followed a similar path. After photographing landscapes in a traditional way, I discovered the unexpected and painterly aspects of using black and white infrared film. Just as I never know how one of my paintings is going to reveal itself, shooting using the infrared spectrum is always an exciting surprise. Each time I shoot, the resulting image is a wonderful discovery, a mysterious visual treasure hunt. I invite you to view my paintings and photographs as one enters into meditation.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
By choosing to be an artist I have lived a life of financial instability. My life choices have been very specific in order to allow me enough time to create a 30-year body of work. I could not have amassed so much work without making the sacrifices I have made. But all along the way, I have been mysteriously supported by the universe,

Please tell us about Gizara Arts.
I am both a painter and a fine art photographer and I have never mixed the two mediums. My painting genres include both realistic and abstract works, my photographs include both black and white, infrared and color images. My artwork is mysterious, romantic and explosive.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
On a warm summer’s day- lying in endless fields of swaying green grass and watching the brilliant white clouds become an infinite number of dream-like images.


  • Tier I Pricing starts at $500 for limited edition prints
  • Tier II Pricing starts at $250 for open edition prints
  • Original paintings start at $1500

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Image Credit:
© 2017

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  1. Jeanne Gizara

    May 23, 2017 at 16:07

    Very nice Lisa

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