Lisa Mathews is a self-taught African-American artist.
She grew up in Dayton, Ohio. As a young child, Lisa spent countless hours with a pencil and drawing pad in hand. In addition to her love of visual arts, she also studied dance and performed with a dance company until she began college to continue her art studies at the University of Cincinnati. After college, over the next 20 years, Lisa would become a young wife and later a single mother of two daughters. She worked various corporate jobs to make ends meet while she raised her daughters and put them both through college.
At the age of 45, with no advance planning, she threw caution to the wind and stepped out in faith to pursue a career as an artist. During her pursuit, she happened upon an instructional book, “How To Make Clay Characters” by Maureen Carlson. It was through reading this book that she discovered what would become her passion as an artist. Lisa’s chosen disciple is sculpture and her medium is polymer clay.
Her work has been exhibited across the US at various art festivals and fine art galleries. She is a member of the International Polymer Clay Association and the recipient of IPCA 2012 Progress and Possibilities judges and members “Best in Show” award in the category of sculpture. Her work was chosen, along with other renewned polymer clay artists, to be featured in a UK publication, “The Polymer Clay Artist’s Guide” by Marie Segal, due to be released the end of 2013.
She is a full-time artist residing in Atlanta, GA.