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About Lisa Jennings Art

Lisa Jennings
Lisa Jennings
Born in Butler, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Lisa Jennings felt she and her family were nomads. There were numerous moves during her childhood. From Butler, PA they moved to a mansion in Roanoke, Virginia, once part of the underground railroad during the Civil War, to Syracuse, NY, East Aurora, NY and then Hastings, Minnesota, by the age of 15 her family finally chose Nashville, Tennessee to call home. In each place where her family lived they explored the history, experienced the music and arts as part of her upbringing from parents oriented to experiencing life rather than the things she could attain.

As a young girl, Lisa’s family lived the longest in East Aurora, NY where her first roots in art took hold. Riding bikes around their idyllic hometown, climbing trees and digging clay with her brothers and friends for her mother’s ceramic work. Lisa’s mother showed her young family how to hunt stones, fossils and wood which they used for different art projects. One of Lisa’s first memories was going to the library to read books on American Indians, fueling an enduring interest in ancient cultures, a passionate theme in her primitive/ organic work. Lisa’s mother, a ceramic and textile design major at Alfred State University, NY, created a variety of art work and art experiences throughout Lisa’s childhood. Lisa’s father, was also a talented creative person his entire life. Having majored in music and English literature, Mr. Jennings played the French horn, sang and composed sacred music and lyrics, as well as writing news paper columns for local publications. Both parents were active in founding art organizations and in serving their community. The creative endeavors of her parents is an obvious influence. Lisa studied art throughout high school in Nashville, graduating an art honors student from Dupont Senior High in Hermitage, Tennessee. After high school she worked full time while also attending school full time, first in graphic design at Nashville State Tech and then Nossi School of Art. Lisa added to her artistic skills and experience, weekend intensive workshops in pastel and watercolor classes at Farm House Artists in Townsend, Tennessee. In 1988, Lisa began a ten year career with Nashville Electrographics. She took a color differential tile test which proved her eyes were keen to color pre-press work, where she learned how to etch silver off of film to make color adjustments, a highly revered skill set at the time in the printing industry. While there she earned her lithography masters card.

On a summer afternoon driving into her twelve hour night shift at the Pre-Press plant in 1997 Lisa had an immediate spiritual awakening and realization that it was time to leave the printing industry behind for her longing to be an artist. The one thing she knew that being an artist was her calling ever since she can remember as a young girl. One year later, she left behind her demanding career, taking the risk to make her way as an independent visual artist.

Six months later, Lisa met her mentor and experienced the most significant turning point in her career to date. Lisa shares that this is where the bulk of her training came from. She attributes 80% of the artist she is today to what Anton Weiss saw in her. Anton allowed Lisa to explore and express what was the beginning foundation of her art career. The very first things Lisa ever created and sold in her early professional career were made of the hand made papers she loved and liquid acrylics on watercolor paper. In the past 22 plus years Lisa has explored and learned in depth from Anton Weiss how to sculpt in stone, wood and welding. Weiss so famous for his non-objective energy that he learned from Hans Hofman shared in turn with Lisa. To this day she uses this theory for the foundation process of creating chaos in her pigmented papers and then the organization of them applied to canvas in her paintings. On a trip with Anton Weiss, both participating as artists in Art Santa Fe, the two explored a national park in Albuquerque, New Mexico viewing stone etchings by native American Indians. Lisa purchased a book of photography of these inspiring etchings and ochre paintings that are throughout the South West. This one book is the foundation of the passion for her layered textural paintings and her early stone sculptures. From the book, she studied the color palettes of the ochres and etchings on stone walls first created by aboriginals, there began development of the stone-like layering process, the recognizable trademark in both her sculptures and paintings today. From the growth and knowledge instilled in her Lisa has created her own style of painting with pigmented papers and her unique sculpture that links the primitive organic designs that are in both of her two and three dimensional works. Coming from a family that served in the community Lisa has developed her own teaching style with the painted journal as a form of healing work through keeping another kind of journal with mixed media and paint rather than the written word. She continues to share and teach where she is called to give forward in her community.

Current subject matter for Lisa’s work is reflective of her place on her life’s path digging deep from the well of life’s experiences. Lisa built her dream studio in 2014 where she is able to sculpt, paint and teach behind her home in West Nashville. She resides near places where she can forage and walk in woods near by. Her many trips abroad to Ireland, Morocco, Mexico and Australia to learn about the early cultures of those places have nourished her quest for knowledge and another source of inspiration to create from. Many of her trips abroad she has used her painted journal to teach and record trips with fellow travelers as a way to record ideas for future body of works. Lisa’s work has been placed in museums, major corporate and private collections throughout the United States, Ireland, Morocco and Australia. Her CV reflects the constant commitment to her career with many articles and publications on her achievements throughout her career.

Lisa-02Rock, paper, scissors!!
Or in my case rock, paper, wood! All of these I have loved to hunt since childhood! Brought up in upstate New York during the 60’s, the woods and creaks nearby were our places to hunt for clay, stone and wood. My mother was my first teacher, an artist in her own right. She taught me how to look for stones, fossils and wood early in my life, and now its part of my very being. There’s nothing like the smell of wet rock, being outdoors and seeking the objects of my hearts desire to create with!

The combination of creating with rock, paper and wood has been a magical journey for the past 20 plus years. I started out with fibrous pre-dyed colored papers that I would purchase piece by piece from art stores wherever I traveled. These colored papers are made from all over the world and from different items such as beetle dung, mulberry fibers and banana leaves. My love of paper evolved into creating my own pigmented papers. Currently I purchase Japanese papers to elevate and refine my trademark style of paper painting. I use diverse ways to use my paper in my paintings with batik resist, gelatin mono printing and sewing some papers and applying them to the canvas.

Lisa JenningsI started to create the wood and stone sculpture about three years after I became a full time artist. When I first started sculpting I carved sacred stone figures with smaller stone inlays and also learned how to weld. I would find the stone in local streams here in TN, Arkansas and also on trips through out the West or abroad overseas. Since my work is larger and taller in recent years I use wood to sculpt taller figures and I have a keen interest in the curved beech to create unique compositions. I have been gifted a lot of found wood by dear friends. In my studio I have storage of a large collection of seasoned wood that it could easily last my lifetime yet I’m always up for just one more piece. My trademark, which has helped me to stand out amongst other artist is the use of papers to cover my sculptural figures. Layers of color are added to the paper which lends the sculpture to look similar to stone. Added elements of wood, stone or even welded twig like branches for adornment are used on many of my sculptures. With almost every piece of wood or stone I can remember where I found them or who gave them to me.

My art is a reflection of the peace that I maintain in my life from being outdoors. There is that childlike contentment, my connection to earth and the organic theme is that is forever a  calming factor and the curiosity for the viewer. As a person wonders and looks deeper so is the spirit set free…………


Group Exhibitions

2019 January Grand Re-Opening L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN

2018 July Group Exhibition L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN

2017 June Group Exhibition L. Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN

2016 January, “10th Anniversary Show”, L. Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN

2015 December, “Artists From the Fork”, Selected Group, Leiper’s Fork, TN

2015 December, “Home for the Holidays”, Selected Group Exhibition, The Governor’s Mansion, Nashville, TN

2014 December Group Exhibition, L. Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN

2014 July Group Exhibition, L. Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN

2013 “Art Connects Us” WAMT, Chromatics Gallery, Nashville, TN

2012 December Group Exhibition, L.Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN

2012 July Group Exhibition, L. Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN

2012 “Metal, Sticks and Stones”, Group Sculpture Show, Leipers Creek Gallery, TN

2012 “Saints, Goddesses and Bodhisattvas” Group Show, Marney Sheridan Gallery, TN

2011 July Group Exhibition, L. Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN

2011 “9 to Watch”, Group Show, Bennett Gallery, Knoxville, TN

2011 Grand Opening Show, Nina Kurzina Fine Art, Nashville, TN

2010 December Group Exhibition, L. Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN

2010 “Metal, Sticks and Stones”, Group Sculpture Show, Leipers Creek Gallery, TN

2009 “Metal, Sticks and Stones”, Group Sculpture Show, Leipers Creek Gallery, TN

2008 “Metal, Sticks and Stones”, Group Sculpture Show, Leipers Creek Gallery, TN

2007 “Holiday Group Exhibition”, L. Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN 2006 “Two Travelers”, Duo Exhibit, Bennett Gallery, Nashville, TN

2006 “Group Exhibition”, Bennett Gallery, Knoxville, TN

2006 “Anniversary Exhibition”, L. Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN

2006 “Metal, Sticks and Stones”, Group Sculpture Show, Leipers Creek Gallery, TN

2005 Grand Opening Exhibition, L. Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN

2005 “Duende Sculpture Exhibition, Group Show, ArtForms, Memphis, TN

2005 “Metal, Sticks and Stones”, Group Sculpture Show, Leipers Creek Gallery, TN

2004 Group Sculpture Show, ArtForms, Memphis, TN

2004 “Metal, Sticks and Stones”, Group Sculpture Show, Leipers Creek Gallery, TN

2004 “Consider The Cross”, Grace Chapel, Franklin, TN

2003 “Summer Sculpture Show”, Group Exhibition, ArtForms Gallery, Memphis, TN

2002 “Glory Be”, Group Exhibition, Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, Coshocton, Ohio

2002 “Being Peace”, Solo Exhibition, ArtForms Gallery, Memphis, TN

2002 ArtForms Gallery Opening, Memphis, TN

2001 “Art Santa Fe”, Santa Fe, NM

2001 “The Blue Show”, Group Exhibit, Bennett Gallery, Nashville, TN

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 February Customs House Museum
2018 September L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN
2017 September “Rock-Paper-Wood” Solo exhibition L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN
2016 “Sanctuaries” Solo exhibition L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN
2015 “Lisa’s Intimate Paper Pieces”, Solo Exhibition, Atelier-Upton Salon, Nashville, Nashville, TN
2014 “Field of Dreams” Solo Exhibition, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN
2012 “Wings of Change”, Solo Exhibition, L. Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN
2010 “Presence”, Solo Exhibition, L. Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN
2009 “Footprints of the Ancient”, Solo Exhibition, L. Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN
2008 “Memory and Belonging”, Solo Exhibition, L. Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN
2007 “Threshold”, Solo Exhibition, L. Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN
2006 Solo Opening Exhibition, Bennett Gallery, Knoxville, TN
2004 “Sanctuary” Solo Exhibition, ArtForms, Memphis, TN
2003 “Quiet Earth”, Solo Exhibition, ArtForms Gallery, Memphis, TN
2001 “Eternal Now”, Solo Exhibition, Grace Place, Memphis, TN
2001 “Land of Souls”, Solo Exhibition, Lyons View Gallery, Knoxville, TN
2000 “Link to the Ancient”, Solo Exhibition, The Renaissance Center, Dickson, TN

Selected Duo Exhibitions

2018 Quietly Comes the Muse, Duo Exhibition, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN
2017 Found-Created Two by Two Mentor/Mentee Show, Marnie Sheridan Gallery, Nashville, TN
2015 May, Sisters Duo Show L. Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN
2013 “Inhabiting Wonder” Duo Show, Bennett Gallery, Nashville, TN
2009 Bennett Gallery, Duo Exhibition, Bennett Gallery, Knoxville, TN
2006 “Two Travelers”, Duo Exhibit, Bennett Gallery, Nashville, TN
2005 “Synthesis”, Duo Exhibition, Bennett Gallery, Nashville, TN
2004 “A Common Destiny”, Duo Exhibition, Leipers Creek Gallery, TN


Stoppellbein, Annie “Lisa Jennings, New Work from the Sculptor/Artist Reflects Her World Travels”
Nashville Arts Magazine, May 2017 pg. 43
Neimeyer, Robert A., Techniques of Grief Therapy, Cover Art Work
Neimeyer, Robert A., Thompson, Barbara Grief and Expressive Arts, Chapter on “Enso Group”
Neimeyer, Robert A., Techniques of Grief Therapy Cover
Collette, Sophie: “Lisa Jennings, Primitive Modern” Nashville Arts Magazine, May 2011, page 40
Stout, Vickie: “Art On the Lawn Draws a Crowd”, Williamson A.M., October 31, 2010, page 12W
Dennison, Leah: “Rock, Paper, Chainsaw” Franklin Life Magazine, January 2011, Cover and page 12
Neimeyer, Robert A., The Art of Longing, Selected Poems, Cover, pages iv, viii, 2, 29, 64, 66
The Memphis Flyer, Calendar of Events, April 30 – May 6, 2009, page 51
The Memphis Flyer,Calendar of Events, January 31 – February 6, 2008, page 36
Harman, Steven S.: “Sacred Sites Inspire Artist” Williamson A.M., The Tennesseean, February 2, 2008, page 10W
Koeppel, Fredric: “Jennings Exhibition Offers Connection to the Past” The Commercial Appeal, Art Review, February 22, 2008, page 27
Hills & Hamlets, Cover March 2008
Stout, Catherine: “A Case For the Future”, The Commercial Appeal, January 13, 2007, page C2
Knowles, Carol: “Up Close and Personal” The Memphis Flyer, February 2007, page 35
“Bennett Galleries”, ArtGalleries & Artists of the South, vol. 4, issue 3, 2006. pages 37 and 79
Campbell, Laurie: “Arist in Residence, Lisa Jennings, Sculptor”, Hills & Hamlets, November 2006, page 6
Iverson, Kristen D. (Editor-In-Chief), River City, Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction and Visual Art
University of Memphis, Department of English, Fall 2005, Volume 25, Issue 2, page 97
Bradford-Epstein, Jennifer: “Home Design, Art”, Greater Knoxville Homes & Living, vol. 2, issue 3, April 2005, page 23
Hunter, Laurie: “Artist in Residence, Profile: Anton Weiss and Lisa Jennings” Leiper’s Fork Life, vol. 3, issue 3, March 2004, page 4
Anderson, Catherine: “Portrait of an Artist Community”, Leiper’s Fork Life, vol. 3, issue 3, March 2004, page 1
“Neighborly News” Leiper’s Fork Life, vol. 2, issue 4, April 2004, page 5
“Uptown and Down Home”, Williamson A.M. The Tennessean, May 2, 2004, page 12
Phillips, Bianca: “United Peacekeepers” The Memphis Flyer, October 2, 2002
Stivender, Knight: “New Mother Nature” Williamson A.M.. The Tennessean, March 21, 2001
Southerland, Curtis, Visual Arts Gallery Director, The Renaissance Center News, January 9, 2000
Esteves-Moore, Barbara: “Odds plus ends equals art”, Williamson A.M.. The Tennessean, July 12, 2000, page 4W


Nancy Ranair Interiors, 5th Avenue, NYC
Activated Metals Knoxville, TN
Al Gore (Vice President of United States)
Columbia, TN Baptist Hospital
Nashville, TN Cathedral of the Incarnation
Nashville, TN Commercial Bank & Trust
Memphis, TN Cummins Md-south
Memphis, TN Landers and Associates
Memphis, TN Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
Memphis, TN M.K. Ghandi Institute for Nonviolence
Rochester, NY Nahan, Saharovich & Trotz
Memphis, TN National Civil Rights Museum
Memphis, TN Professor Robert E. Niemeyer
Portland, OR Ring Container
Oakland, TN Sentry, LLC
Memphis, TN Tennessee State Museum
Nashville, TN Private collections in California, Illinois, NYC, Tennessee, Virginia, Ireland and Australia


Art & Soul Teacher Training, Nashville, TN
Nossi School of Art, Nashville, TN
Jackson St Community College, Jackson, TN
Nashville Technical Institute, Nashville, TN
Farmhouse Artist, Townsend, TN

Study & Teaching Abroad

Study Abroad: 2004 – one month, 2005 2 – months, 2006 3 – months. Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland Specific area of interest early Chiristianity, Celtic neolithic-paleolithic blending, Ireland as a living museum experiencing the historic landscape, people, the arts and music of the area. Took evening and day classes at The Burren College of Art. Multiple field studies, prints, watercolors and torn paper pieces.

Study and Teaching Abroad: 2009, 2 weeks Fez, Morocco International Festival of Sacred Music Celebration. Special interest experiencing music from multiple religions all over the world, witnessing the expression of music, art and dance of the region. Learning the history of a country that has lived peacefully with 3 denominations of Muslims, Christians and Jews. Taught painted journal to fellow travelers.

Study and Teaching Abroad: 2010; 6 weeks camping: The Kimberly Region, Australia Special area of interest, visiting sacred rock art sites, multiple sites with private safari guide a specialist of Aboriginal History, learned bush plants, medicine, birds and fauna. Taught mixed media art to fellow travelers throughout the six week journey with acrylic, watercolors and graphics plus ochres and bark from the land. 

Volunteer Work and Teaching 

Volunteer work: Gilda’s Club worked with cancer patients with my expressive arts training through my process of the painted journal. 

Volunteer work: Vanderbilt Oncology Department with expressive arts committee creating a celebration art project of prayers and affirmations on canvas that is permanently displayed in the cancer center at Vanderbilt. 

The Sunny Day Club: Sharing the gift of art with elderly dementia and Alzheimer’s clients once a month. I have created art play exercises for sensory of touch, color, texture, shape and eye/hand coordination using simple art supplies and organic materials from nature. 

Teaching: Enso Group, 2010, 2011, 2012 Taught in my studio expressive arts through my process of the painted journal for group of cancer survivors. 

Group teaching on location in my studio 2014, 2015 , 2016- through current Teaching on location in my studio, mixed media, abstract expressionism, pigmented and printed paper workshops, painted journal sessions. 


Regina Davidson, apprentice 2015 – 2018
Chris Harsch, apprentice May 2018

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