Lisa Agaran


Lisa is a professional Mixed Media Artist and Instructor. Her work has been shown in both solo and group exhibits throughout Los Angeles and New Mexico. Lisa’s work has been published in Incite, Dreams Realized: The Best of Mixed Media and Incite 3: The Art of Storytelling (North Light Books). She has a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and a Masters in Psychology. Prior to her art career she worked as a Therapist, Creativity Coach and Graphic Designer. Lisa also taught one of the core certification courses at the Creativity Coaching Association where she also trained under renown Creativity Coach, Eric Maisel. Lisa continues to produce original mixed media artwork that blends her own photography, various techniques and found objects. She strives to create work that invites the viewer to experience the depth, meaning and process of each piece. Lisa also teaches a variety of Mixed Media workshops and leads an annual Mixed Media Retreat “Awaken Your True Creativity” in Cambria, California.
Lisa’s body of work unfolded during a time when old definitions, used to define herself, began to deconstruct. Forced to surrender to uncertainty and the unknown, she immersed herself in the creative process. It became the steady ground anchoring her, eventually leading back to her true self. Like for many artists, it became an avenue to evolve and integrate oneself towards wholeness. Through the emerging of intuitive story, her art is a vehicle in which she discovers meaning and deeper understanding of herself and the world.
Similar to an approach she once used in art therapy, her process is spontaneous and often intuitive. She allows each piece to dictate the direction it wants to go. Forms, themes and textures organically emerge, guiding the next step in the process and so on. Lisa finds this mindful path an opportunity to surrender to the moment, without a predetermined plan. Through a blend of different acrylic mediums, her original photography, collage and found objects, Lisa channels and transforms the subconscious into art.
Similar to the Wabi Sabi philosophy that beauty is found imperfect, Lisa often fascinated by the sense of aging revealed in textures found in natural stones and weathered surfaces. She strives to recreate this unrefined, quality in her pieces. Many of her piece resembles what Andrew Juniper stated in his book Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence, “If an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi.”
One of the most marked characteristics in my work is the mysterious, ethereal dream like feel of the imagery. When we dream, our subconscious creates scripts as an avenue to uncover meaning, clarity and resolution to our awaken life. In the same way, Lisa strives to produce work that invites the viewer to cultivate his or her own individual experience by projecting their own interpretations onto the piece.

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