Lisa Huber Fine Art: Watercolors Oils & Pastels
Showcasing fine art of Southern Utah Artist, Lisa Huber
Showcasing fine art of Southern Utah Artist, Lisa Huber
Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm
I am an experimental impressionist artist working with Watercolor Oil Pastel. My pieces are nostalgic, but incorporate texture experimentation as well as watercolor over my oil pieces and pastels over watercolor or gouache.
I grew up in the post Korean War era with farm land, animals, and implements nearby. "Progress" and soldiers returning from war and needing homes for their new families quickly cleared the land of these encumbrances, and brought the city closer. The images of this time are haunting because of a simpler way of life that we lost and the way it disappeared in the blink of an eye. These memories eventually drew me to study with Osral Allred, a master of rural imagery and watercolor experimentation. I learned to let the medium flow naturally and to follow where it leads. His sense of pure abundant color is also incorporated into many of my fine art pieces.
Lisa Huber has painted in oils since age 4. She had a Computer Software career for over 35 years. She is inspired by weathered structures and vehicles. In 2006 she found the red rocks of Southern Utah. Lisa currently paints watercolor oil pastel using non-traditional textures in her studio in St George, Utah.
Art mediums: Watercolor, Oil, Pencil, Pastel
Mentors: Jim Schnirel (deceased), Harold “Pete” Petersen (SLC), Osral Allred (deceased), Spike Ress (Parowan), Ian Ramsay (SLC)
Festivals: Corn Tassel Art Fest, Gainesville, GA, 1989
Coral Canyon Heritage Park Fest, Utah, 04
Tooele Arts Festival, Utah, 2004-06, 2010
Butch Cassidy Days (Beaver) 2005
Duck Creek Village Fest, Utah, 2004, 2006
Summerfest (Logan) 2005
Old Capitol Days, Fillmore, Utah, 2004-05
Moab Arts Festival, 2005-06
Kayenta Art Festival, 2006
Mesquite Chili and Art Festival, 2007
Escalante Canyons Art Festival and “Plein Air” Competition, 2004-07
Tempe Fest of the Arts, Tempe, AZ, 2008, 09
St. George Arts Festival, St. George, UT, 2009, 2015
Arts 2 Zion Studio Tour, Washington County, Utah, 2013-2020
Sears Invitational, 2020, 2021
Exhibitions: One World Design, Gateway, Salt Lake City, 2004
Kaleidoscope Café, Coral Canyon, Utah – Exclusive Guest Artist, 2004-2005
Thomas Fine Art, North Salt Lake, 2004-2005
Kimball Arts Center, Utah Watercolor Society Fall Juried show, (1 piece) 2005
Magpie’s Nest, Utah Watercolor Society Spring Miniature show (2 pieces) 2005
Williams Gallery, Downtown Salt Lake, 2005-2006
Schorr Gallery, Intermountain Society of Artists show (1 piece), West Jordan, Utah, 2005
Michael Barry Gallery, June-July, 2006
Taylorsville City Hall, One-year exhibition contract, 1 piece, 2004-2006
Awards: 2002 Utah State Fair, Watercolors, “Animals/ People”, 2nd place 22x30, “Coming Home Again”
2003 Utah State Fair, Watercolors, “Landscapes”, 4th place, 22x30 “Out to Pasture”
2004 Coral Canyon Heritage Park Art Festival “Purchase Award” (2 pieces)
2005 Taylorsville City, Art Show, 3rd place, 2005
2007 Mesquite Chili and Art, 1st place watercolor
2008 SUWS Fall Arts Show, 1st place watercolor & Honorable Mention watercolor
2009 St. George Art Festival, Honorable mention, Oil “Potsdam Winter”
2010 Tooele Art Festival, Featured Artist
2012 St George 'Desert to a Dream' 1st place Oil, "The Dream Begins"
2012 Staircase Gallery 'Southern Dixie Pioneer Heritage' 2nd Place Oil, "Arriving after the Rain"
2013 ReMax Gallery Plein Air event, Best of Show, "Dawn in Zion's"
2014 Dixie Watercolor Society, Signature Member
Board Memberships: Washington County Arts Council (2009-13), Dixie Watercolor Society (2009-14)
Memberships: Artists of Utah (Since 03)
Virgin Valley Artist Assoc (03-08)
Utah Watercolor Society (Since 04)
Intermountain Society of Artists (Since 05)
Dixie Watercolor Society (Since 07)
Southern Utah Art Guild (Since 06)
I would define myself as an impressionist artist, although I expect my horses to look like horses and my perspective to make sense. I consider poor perspective, just that, not an artistic statement.
I have my favorite subjects, but find that I also like variety. For a long time, my subject was more about the loss of the tractor as the primary worker on farmland, and documenting that. However, as I gather images, I find the tractor is not the only thing being abandoned and paint scenes including working animals, barns, and old homes, as well as other abandoned industrial vehicles and sites. I see beauty in nature's reclamation of abandoned or well-used equipment and structures. I also portray nostalgia for times gone by.
I currently work in Pencil, watercolor oil pastel. I also splurge once a year with block-print Christmas cards.
Pencil: This is one of the most calming mediums I use. I love to detail an object or scene way beyond what is necessary, just to see the shadows and dimensions develop. I have sold my pencil pieces in the past but use this only as practice or for thumbnail or value studies.
Watercolor: This is my second love when it comes to art. My experience as a youth was that watercolors were more for children, and practicing, and oils were "what the adults use". I now find that watercolor is more complex, and requires the patience of an adult to produce successful pieces. I typically paint on 140 pound paper and my favorite size is 11x15 (full sheet quartered). Cheap Joe's produces fairly inexpensive bulk papers, although I also use Arches. I've been introduced to a technique using non-absorbant surfaces, much like Yupo. I prepare my surfaces with texture unlike typical "cold-press" paper. The final result can be mistaken for oils.
Watercolor over Oils: This technique combines transparent watercolors and Oils. I layer light washes of oils on at least 140 pound cold pressed watercolor paper, let that dry, and come back with my final watercolor wash. These are usually well-planned pieces, but occasionally develop into something else during the process, as you can never predict what the various washes will do.
Pastel: I love the vivid accents that can be placed on a top layer, but also love mixing the colors and the richness that can be achieved.
Oil: I paint with brushes as well as palette knives. I use many shapes of palette knives and have no favorites. Most of my palette knife pieces have been 9x12, so I use a fairly medium-sized knife.
I like to prepare my paint surface with a non-traditional texture. I feel this enhances the fine art painting experience and the final piece of art. I also select non-traditional paint surfaces, such as wood, and prep them with varying textures.