Photo credit: Lisa Gizara

Artist, Teacher, Photographer

Studio in Arlington, MA



My work is an investigation of the fragility of memory.  I am intrigued by how memory morphs from persistent vividness to fleeting passages to total loss.  Memory has no physicality: we cannot hold it in our hands yet we carry it with us.  It has no weight yet can weigh us down.  


We may bury a recollection deep inside until a scent or voice or place conjures its power to rise.  Memory changes with each recall becoming altered narratives.  Through paint, graphite, ink, crayon and cold wax medium I explore its power and mysterious fragility. 


My process starts with disorder eventually finding order.  I scribble graffiti-like marks as if journaling in symbols.  The circles act as rocks signifying weightiness while ladders or steps refer to rising thoughts, x’s mark the spot and windows reflect: looking out while peering inward.  These drawings are followed by layering, building and then scraping and sanding the surface to reveal moments, strange journeys of the mark and the history of work.  It is storytelling.  


I am working on a new series called memory vessels which are repositories for these ethereal fragments.  These vessels allude to sentimental containers in interior spaces yet float because what was once comforting and shared becomes fleeting or lost.




I use my camera to observe the world around me.  It is a tool to examine a way of seeing.  Over the years I have taken photographs as a daily response to my surroundings and as a diary entry of my visual journey.  These record my curiosity and quirky view of seeking the hidden gems in everyday life.  I use the imagery for the exploration of ideas and as inspiration for my paintings. They are my access to memory. 

Gallery Representation

Powers Gallery

144 Great Road, Acton, MA 01720





Workshop / Classes


Embrace the Sketchbook.

Thursday 2/27

10 AM - 4 PM

Cambridge Art Association

Cambridge, MA



Alchemy of Color II

6 Tuesdays 3/7 - 4/14

10 AM - 1 PM

Concord Art, Concord, MA.



Feed Your Creative Soul.




Intro to Cold Wax Medium w/ Oils

May 29-31

10 AM - 4 PM

Concord Art, Concord, MA.

Grants & Awards

Artist in Residency, Weir Farm Art Center, Weir Farm National Park, CT. 2018


Artist in Residency, Chateau Orquevaux, France. 2018


Watercolor Artist Magazine: “Ones to Watch 2017.”


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