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Art that Lifts Our Spirits Ampersand Award Winner: Lisa Goesling

Emerumus, 12″ x12″, Scratchbord with Ampersand Ink

Manhattan Arts International is one of several venues that Ampersand supports and sponsors regularly. It is a growing online resource and gallery for artists to gain exposure and business experience.  In the current exhibition,  “Art that Lifts Our Spirits”, Ampersand was honored to choose a winner to receive the Ampersand Award, a blog post and representation on our website.  We chose Lisa Goesling’s work, Emerumus, for it’s beauty, simplicity, and complete conformation to the essence of the show, a work that truly does “Lift Our Spirits”.

Inside of an Iris, Critics Choice Award for
Celebrate the Healing Power of Art
Colored Columbine

Most of Lisa’s work is art that lifts our spirits.  Lisa is a two time cancer survivor who utilized art in her own therapy and healing and now takes her Scratchbord™ into hospitals to help other cancer and chronically ill patients.  She has always been artistic, a graphic designer before becoming a full time artist.  But, it was the Scratchbord work that Lisa came to when her own illness surfaced.  She found the boards were easy to travel with for treatments and the unique medium works extremely well for Lisa’s chosen subjects- flowers and plants.  The black and white contrast of Scratchbord calls for a keen eye in drawing, and sometimes, the subject calls for color.   

This is the second time that Lisa’s soothing, interesting Scratchbord work has caught the eye of Manhattan Arts International.  She entered the “Celebrate the Healing Power of Art” competition earlier this year and won three awards for her piece, Inside of an Iris.  It is evident that Lisa’s work has not only been healing for her, but also brings healing and inspiration to others.

Along with Lisa’s shows and awards this year, she was recently interviewed by Enid Silverman, host on Artist to Artist.  I pulled some footage from the show and posted it on the website a few weeks back, so you could see Lisa demonstrate Scratchbord.  Her skill, encouraging temperament and artistic eye are not going unnoticed.

Lisa’s work is currently hanging in several exhibitions as well as online at her Manhattan Arts Membership page:  www.manhattanarts.com/Gallery/Lisa-Goesling.  You can visit her work in person at her solo exhibition at the Envision Art Gallery in Chicago, extended through November 10th.  Her work is also hanging at the Cook County Law Library at the Chicago Daley Center through March of next year.  If you want to see more of Lisa’s current work, process and keep up with her blog, tune in to her website:  lisagoesling.com

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

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.

Lisa Goesling demonstrates Scratchbord

Featured Artist, Lisa Goesling, was recently interviewed by Enid Silverman on Artist to Artist.  During the thirty minute interview, Lisa demonstrates how to work on Scratchbord™.  She explains how the surface works, how it takes color and what tools to use.  You can see a glimpse of Lisa’s demo here on our YouTube channel.


Artist to Artist credits: 
Co-producers  Enid Silverman/ Mitzi Soskich

Director: Mitzi Soskich

Host: Enid Silverman

Lisa’s work from the show is on her blog:  lisagoesling.com


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

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.

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 

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.