Biography / Artist Statement
A native Tucsonan, Risa grew up in the desert. While riding her horse she soaked up a vision of light and color that pursued her until she began painting to express it in the early 1970’s. There are many paintings pursuing her still! Plein-Aire is her favorite venue. she is grateful to have her work exhibited in many national shows, Art on the Llano Estacado is one of her favorites, Southwest Art Magazine and Western Art Collector Magazine, as well as others, have featured her art for years. She has offered art as therapy to hospital patients and teaches art to all ages. She has written and illustrated books, one is her river trip through Grand Canyon when she had pad and pen in a plastic bag drawing as they floated along. She says her future with art is to “just get better at it!”
Risa is a Signature Member of Women Artists of the West and a Saguaro Fellow of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild.