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Featured Artist: Lisa Goesling

Marigold, 12″ x 12″

“While I have been painting and drawing for over forty years, I began working with Scratchbord by Ampersand in 2006.  That’s when I learned I had cancer.  Choosing something beautiful to become absorbed in and concentrating on the details, proved to be the perfect way to deal with my cancer diagnosis.  The idea that adversity teaches us to turn the negative into a positive is a great analogy for transforming these black boards into thriving works of art.”  ~Lisa Goesling

Composition of a Coleus, 12″ x 12″

Chicago artist, Lisa Goesling has had a full life as an artist and sculptor.  As a young child, when her friends were out selling lemonade, she was selling homemade coloring books.  Lisa began her formal training at the age of 12, taking classes at the Art Institute every weekend and then studying Art and Design in college.  The combination of her studies in sculpture, art history and drawing are fully realized in her work on Scratchbord™, as each detailed subject is pulled out of the flat surface of the Scratchbord, elegantly emanating life.  

Full Orchid, 19″x 21″

Even though Lisa’s life has been full of creating art, she came to Scratchbord fairly recently, in 2006.  Like with many other things in her art, Lisa jumped in with both feet.  “A fellow artist was using the boards at the time.  I went to Dick Blick’s and found a whole display devoted to Scratchbord and picked up a little bit of everything,” she explains.  Since the Scratchbord is non-toxic and portable, she can work anywhere and easily without toting extra supplies or concern for the harmful effects of solvents.  “I have tried other scratchboard methods; Scratchbord™ by Ampersand is far superior to anything else I’ve used.  The rich blacks, the contrast, the ability to add color easily, the crisp lines, are all good reasons to go with the best.”  Lisa finishes her work with a Krylon fixative, either matte or gloss depending on what she is looking for in the final piece.  Currently, she uses a simple black frame with a white mat, covered in glass; however, Lisa is working to find a process to display her pieces without glass.  

Queen Anne’s Lace, 8″ x 8″

Lisa has sound and simple advice for beginners on scratch art:  “Find your own style.”  She explains, “The basis for scratchboard art is the humble line.  What you do with that line is up to you.  I have seen exciting abstract work, realistic animal drawings and beautiful landscapes created on scratchboard.  Having a good foundation in drawing will make the medium easier to navigate, but Scratchboards are a universal art form.  I work with all ages and ability levels with these boards.  The key is to have the courage to dive in and go for it.  Put aside your fears and just make your first mark, without worrying about making a mistake. I do a lot of workshops with cancer patients and others with chronic diseases.  They are dealing with far worse issues than worrying about their art.  There is a sense of freedom from failing, something that I try to impart on anyone creating art.”

Recently, Ampersand proudly sponsored an award for Manhattan Arts International‘s online exhibit  “Celebrate the Healing Power of Art”.  Manhattan Arts International received more than 1,000 image entries from artists around the world for this juried competition. Lisa Goesling’s art was selected among the top 9 winners, to receive an Award of Excellence, a Jill Conner Critic’s Choice Award, and the Ampersand Art award. Renee Phillips, director, who served as one of the jurors states, “Lisa Goesling’s art was selected for its exceptional technical skill, originality, and art that identified with the message and theme of the exhibition – the healing power of art.”

Lisa was recently the featured artist guest on Artist to Artist with Enid Silverman.  You can see the interview below as Lisa shares her work and gives a demonstration on how to work on Scratchbord.

Scratchbord, Pastelbord, Aquabord and the Artist Panel are all on sale

To see more of Lisa’s work and follow her shows and awards, check out her blog:  lisagoesling.com

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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3 comments on “Featured Artist: Lisa Goesling”

  1. Such a beautifully written article, Karyn!! Thank you so much! Best, Lisa

  2. My pleasure Lisa! Your work is stunning and you're easy to work with. 🙂

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