Biography / Artist Statement
Born and Raised in Arizona, Risa still calls this place of light and color her home. “In my 50-plus years painting watercolor, palette knife oil and mixed medium Plein Aire is my favorite venue! It is my happiest time. I hope you take time looking at and enjoying my conversation between beautiful use of color and exciting brush strokes. Enjoyment adds good feelings to one’s life, my way of helping the world. My painting of 17 elk that I saw on my way home from this show, gives a quiet feeling,” she says.
Risa has had solo and group shows across USA and Canada. She has taught all ages art. In a psychiatric hospital, she used art for increasing patient’s wellness and donated art to her church for sale to help others in need. “I love painting murals too!”
Risa was in Who’s Who of American Women Millennium Edition 2000-2001, received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award 2019. She is also an award winner in the National League of American Pen Women and Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild.
Her work has appeared in numerous places including: the Western Art Collector Magazine State of Art Arizona 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020; Southwest Art Magazine Art of Arizona in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, and their Collecting Watercolor Paintings feature 2020 Fall and Ones to Collect 2017. Her work has also been featured in the Four Corners Gallery Tucson Desert Art Museum Canyons Show 2020 and March 2019; Multiple Arizona Aqueous Exhibits and Women Artists of the 46th, 47th and 48th West National Exhibits.
She is a Signature Member of the Women Artists of the West and a Saguaro Fellow Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild.