ART SHOULD HOLD YOUR FOCUS
A good response to my art would be "what is it and why did you paint this" the question is a inspirational message that tells me that a person is hooked into a focus of wanting to know more.
Lisa Dale McKnett began early as a third generation professional fine artist in Sun Valley Idaho. She was torn between art and pursuing a career with horses riding hunters and Dressage horses. Attending Northwest College in Wyoming, she had the best of both worlds to study the western art movement and horsemanship.
It was however a very miserable winter and she transferred her second year to Boise State. There she learned the basics for sculpture and illustration and played powder puff football. The next year she transferred to California's Art Center Collage of Design the first year they were in Pasadena.
She was offered a job in the art department at Hughes Aircraft Company Radar Systems.
She worked six years and retired to start their family and freelance fine art career in Thousand Oaks and continued to ride Dressage at Baccarrat in Hidden Valley Ranch.
She was an active member of the Westlake Art Guild, helping in any capacity to hang the shows and sell the art at the local museum in Newbury Park Library center and had various one woman shows around the town with the guild.
She was also a part of the Art Walk juried shows and was asked to judge local artshows in the schools and churches.
All throughout the time of launching her career as a full time artist from 1986 to the current time she has continued her studies at the California Art Institute in Calabasas. She has been selected to participate for the Local Wellness Community charities along with Neil Boyle her mentor and other top artist in the Conjeo Valley.
Then when the school moved to Westlake Villiage, Lisa was fortunate to have it closer to home and added more classes at the time she worked full time as a teacher and went to school at night. Some of the students were Jeremy Lipking, Tony Pro, Ryan Wurmser and Sean Zents. Attending for over ten years, under the tutelage of instructors Fred Fixler, Neil Boyle, David Jonas, Bobbie Moline Kramer, Karen Martin, Glenn Orbik and Sean Zents, and Hall of Fame artist, Ron McKee and his wife Myrna. These years developed a passion for the portrait and plein aire painting.
Lisa has taught art for 25 years at private middle and high school institutes.
She has been juried in numerous local and national artshows.
In 1999 the family moved to Rancho Santa Fe and with scientist husband Chuck when he took JNI public and they lived there ten years and she continued to study at the Watts Atelier .
She and her husband were asked to be on the Parents Board of Harvey MUDD College the four years their son attended to fund raise over one million dollars and to help in the clinics for the Seniors graduation experiences. Lisa came away with a better solution for her own teaching methodology.
This was a very rewarding learning period of how education at the College level is successfully accomplished. She painted all five presidents of the College while working on the board and was asked to bring artwork to the College to enhance the campus
In 2012 Lisa's husband Chuck died. She is currently freelancing artwork and teaching in Laguna Hills California.
Besides the inspiration of art by the masters, William Merrit Chase, Sargent, Sorolla and Mary Cassat, she has traveled extensively through out Europe and Asia and enjoy painting and writing about her travels on her blog and website.
She is currently open for commission work for hire and shows at the Art and Frame on La Paz drive in Laguna Niguel California.