I used to be a storm chaser so I drove really fast. Now I fly by the seat of my pants. (Shh don't tell)! When I started painting and taking watercolor classes it brought out my love of being with people. I found myself going to class and starting an Urban Sketchers group just to be with people even if I didn't paint. I had already fallen in love with color and had began experimenting with abstract at that point. Through my experimentation I fell in love with different media and how they work together and move on canvas and paper. Paper towel and squirt bottles are my best friends. Except people. I still love people and I feel that love is what you see when you view my creations.
I never really knew what I wanted to do when I grew up. That is, until I painted for the first time at a sip-n-paint in a Woodinville winery! This was not long after we moved to the Seattle area from Indiana in 2012. I haven’t stopped painting since and I'm enjoying the journey. In 2015, I began taking realistic watercolor classes until covid shut everything down. Fortunately, I had just begun experimenting with abstract expressionism in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. As I expressed the emotions I felt during 2020 on canvas and paper, I found freedom and joy.
I’m inspired by the beauty reflected in all of God’s creation, such as the crazy love I see in my little dog’s eyes, my husband’s joyful smile, the unique orchids he grows. As I lose myself in the creation process, I desire to create a space for the viewer to find hope in todays chaotic world.
Lisa DeBaets is a visual artist living and working outside Seattle, Washington. She has acrylic commissions, mixed media, original watercolor paintings and prints in several private collections across the United States and Canada. Ongoing since the summer of 2016, Lisa organizes the Urban Sketching group, ‘Sketchers R Us’. She loves her tribe and encourages them via newsletter, social media, and by example to ‘create’ daily any way they can. Lisa is an official member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, Evergreen Association of Fine Arts, and Woodinville Arts Alliance. She is a public art exhibit manager for Evergreen Association of Â Fine Arts, was co-chair for the NWWS 2019/2020 WATERWORKS Membership Exhibition, and the selected artist for the 2019 Sammamish Valley Alliance Celebration events.
DeBaets has shown her work at the Art Gallery of SnoValley in Snoqualmie. She has juried into the Seattle Co Arts annual show and holds the honor of being one of only two USA abstract artists juried into the 2021 Indonesia International Watercolor Online Exhibition. She received a bronze award in Camelback Gallery's Bold Abstracts 2021 International Painting Competition. Lisa’s work was Juried into the 2020 San Diego Watercolor Society’s 40th International Exhibition, in addition to other local juried/invitational venues including Edmonds Art Festival Gallery, Edmonds Art Festival Gallery, Port Gardner Bay Winery Gallery, EAFA Gallery, CCMI Gallery, Overlake Medical Center Bellevue, WA, Gallery North, ParkLane Gallery, Inscape Gallery, Arts of Terrace, and Mercer Island Gallery, ERA Living Color Theory, and others. Her work is also a part of a conservation team’s ‘Orchids as Cultural Icons’ educational traveling orchid Display in parts of Canada, & Trinidad.
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