Currently living and working in Portland, Oregon, Lisa Hildebrant was born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1980. Her drawings were prolific from an early age, as her imagination ran free in the verdant citrus orchards and vast desert landscape of her youth. Factor in a childhood obsession with television and pop culture influences—among them Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies, Norman Rockwell and the legendary Bob Ross—and it’s no surprise that Lisa set her sights on a career as a Disney animator.
At the age of 15, Lisa studied Fine Art, with an emphasis on painting, at the New School for the Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 2000 she moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to attend the School of The Museum of Fine Arts in association with Tufts University. A diverse collective of artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, Paul Klee and Ed Ruscha, influenced her work while at SFMA. Lisa thrived in the school’s unique teacher-mentor atmosphere, which offered intensive studio arts training in a variety of disciplines. And although she enrolled as a painter, she was quickly seduced by the hands-on rewards of architectural glass design.
After receiving her BFA from Tufts University in 2004, Lisa focused on glass and interior lighting design in Los Angeles. During that time she worked with contractors on upscale interiors as well as with lighting gaffers on film and TV projects.
Lisa has since come full circle, and is once again a prolific painter. Her fine art has been shown in galleries and museums throughout the United States and in private collections.
“Life is too important to be taken seriously.”
— Oscar Wilde
I like that Mr. Wilde so eloquently sums up my approach to life, and especially the creative process. I appreciate all forms of expression and feel it is paramount to be surrounded by beautiful things. So when asked what my medium is, my response may seem surprising: failure. I find that by embracing this important life lesson, it becomes an essential ingredient of future success. Failure ultimately leads to discovery—changing, motivating and propelling us forward.
My work is about bringing forth happiness. Contrary to the stereotype of the brooding, inwardly focused artist, I enjoy…no, I seek genuine connection with others. I believe every person has a fascinating story to tell, and I’m passionate about expressing their unique message to my audience. The stuff of life—happy disasters, comedy, tears, magic and truth—those are my inspirations.
Little Animals Series
“My work is about bringing forth happiness. And what makes us happier than the animals we love?