Artist and Fashionista
Primarily a self-taught artist, Lisa Barber has been creating art since she was able to hold a crayon. She has been known for capturing the essence of her subjects whether it is a still life or a portrait. She received her formal training at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Lisa also received training through several community based art programs in the metropolitan Washington, DC area including More Than a Conquer (MTC) Studios. As a child, Lisa was encouraged to draw anything that she could. Whether it was a cartoon or a vignette of family heirlooms strategically placed on a table. She also received recognition from her church for her artistic abilities.
Lisa says, “Each of my paintings has a story behind it. Everyone will actually see what I see in my paintings. Look inside the paintings of my family and you will see my world.” Her most recent work is an oil painting entitled, "My Circles of Life" which is a self-reflective self-portrait that delves into the ups and downs of navigating life. She describes her work as, “a collection of memories of her life, and her love for music.” She is drawn to old black and white photographs of everyday life in American families particularly those of African Americans. She enjoys experimenting with different mediums and techniques however, she is best known for her use of pastels and charcoal.
Lisa is a member of the Drama Ministry at Woodstream Church in Mitchellville, MD. She is one of the Ministry Leaders for the Drama Ministry set design team. She has designed beautiful backdrops for stage productions like, The Quilt, Modern Day Prodigal Son, Seed and Sinderella just to name few. Lisa has also exhibited work at several events such as the Riderwood Benevolent Care Fund Gala in Silver Spring, Maryland, The 15th Annual Gallery Walk held in Strawberry Square Harrisburg, PA., Department of Transportation in Washington, DC. Most recently, Lisa was featured as one of the Premiere Artists lending her talents to create a mural for the Family Justice Center (FJC) in Upper Marlboro MD entitled, "In A Perfect World". The mural incorporates the message of the FJC, an initiative of the Circuit Court, "Changing Lives,Restoring Hope" She has also been featured in several independent art openings along with her brother artist Steve Barber.
As a self-proclaimed shopaholic, fashionista and lover of all things vintage, the website and store are long term dreams of Lisa’s. Lisa has combined a whimsical soul and passion for fashion, with her love for art. She calls it vintage and art fusion. She has styled the cast for the stage play, Waiting to be Invited.
To find out more or to purchase Lisa’s work, please click on the Home and Furnishing link on her web-page. You will also find art infused handbags, luggage furniture from which to choose. She is working on resourcing new pieces.