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Lisa Goren

Polar and Frozen Landscapes

Lisa Goren was born in California and raised in New York City. And yet, she has dreamed of polar landscapes since her teen years. Her first travel abroad took her to Antarctica where she was inspired and captivated by the landscape. She has since also traveled to Iceland, Alaska, and the High Arctic to increase her understanding of the Polar Regions. Her watercolors show an unfamiliar landscape in a new light. By using vibrant colors and taking risks with different surfaces, she makes the viewer reevaluate their understanding of both these landscapes and their beliefs in the potential of the medium. Her works create questions about the nature of abstraction and our planet as many of her pieces are representations of unfamiliar, threatened terrains.

Lisa has worked in Boston, Massachusetts for the past 25 years and is a board member of the National Association of Women Artists (Massachusetts Chapter). She was named Artist-in-Residence for the South Shore Art Association, 2016-2017.

Lisa’s work can be found in personal collections from Australia to Iceland, and within the United States. She was awarded a place on the 2013 voyage of The Arctic Circle, an artist residency sailing near the North Pole. This “trip of a lifetime” was chronicled in an article she wrote for The New York Times ( and led her to her next phase of her Polar work. She had two pieces in “Gaia - Les femmes et l'ecologie” in Paris to coincide with the COP21 Climate talks.

Artist-in-Residence || South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA, October 2016-May 2017

Residency || The Arctic Circle, Svalbard, Norway, September through October,  2013

Publication || “In Hot Pursuit of Ice and Cold”, New York Times, Sunday, March 29th, 2015

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