Sunday, March 25, 2018

Lisa Kotz Mishler, the daughter of Holocaust survivors and heroes Sol and Luba Kotz, grew up hearing stories of her parents life in Poland during WW II. As a professional painter working primarily in oils, acrylics and watercolor, those stories began to influence her work. Her first book, L’Chayim-To Life, as a collection of paintings, and narration inspired by her parents harrowing and miraculous journey in Poland before emigrating  to the United Stated.

Lisa’s work has been shown in the Louvre in Paris, as well as in galleries in the United States.

Lisa Mishler is also prize-winning painter who lives in Tucson, Arizona. She studied photography and media arts in college and spent 20 years as an interior designer.  While working full time she also found time for taking art classes and painting.  After she retired she continued to develop her painting skills and became certified to teach at The Drawing Studio (TDS). Today she teaches “Abstract Painting” classes at TDS and for a variety of arts organizations in Arizona.

Lisa’s early years as an artist were influenced by the work of Paul Cezanne, Joan Miro and Marc Chagall. Her work has evolved over time. As an emerging artist she was known for her dreamlike watercolors and imaginative landscapes. More recently she studied intensively with noted Tucson painter, Josh Goldberg and has developed her own recognizable abstract style on the canvas. Today she works mostly in acrylics creating abstract, landscape and portrait pieces.  She has become more experimental in this work adding texture using state-of-the-art mediums and incorporating collage on the canvas. Recent mixed media work, while mostly acrylic based, includes watercolor, encaustic and even oil paint as part of her newly evolved experimental approach.

“I want to be known as a versatile artist as I delight in experimentation and discovery.” said Lisa in a recent conversation. “I am inspired by everyday encounters – my family, my dogs, daily early morning walks through the desert. I bring these experiences to the studio and then I paint”. I’m always amazed by what appears on the canvas.”

Lisa is a signature member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild (SAWG), a Signature member of Aqueous and an active member in the Southern Arizona Artist Guild (SAAG), Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona (CASA), PaperWorks: the Sonoran Collective for Paper and Book Artists, Southern Arizona Wax Artists (SAZWAX) and the Tubac Center of the Arts.Lisa exhibits regulary with these organizations.


Solo & Group Exhibitions

Solo Exhibit 2015 JCC Tucson, Az
Presently 2015 being shown in Art Photography Collection in the Musee du Louvre my image Red WW ll
2015 Light Space Gallery Special Recognition in the Nature Show for my image “Dreams”
2015 Presentation for Boarder Patrol my show on The Holocaust.
Aqueous, National Water Media Exhibition
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, All Women Art Competition, Special Recognition Award,
“Dancing the Tango”
Two-man Show, JCC

Awards, Juried Shows & Recognition

I am an active juried signature member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, Tucson

“Small Things Considered” Invitational Show – Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

Merit Award – Southern Arizona Artist Guild juried Show – Toscana Gallery, Tucson
Best Of Show – Tubac Winter Invitational Show – Manos Gallery, Tubac, AZ
Arizona Edges National Show – Tubac Center of the Arts – Juried by Robert Burridges
Arizona Aqueous XXIII – juried by Christopher Schink, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ
Juried into Manos Art Gallery – Tubac, AZ

Best Of Show – Fall Members Open Exhibit Show, Tubac, AZ – juried by Deanna Thibault

Arizona Aqueous XXII, juried by Elizabeth Yarosz-Ash, February 16-April 1, Tubac, Arizona

Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Annual show, juried by Don Andrews

Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Annual show, juried by George James

Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Annual Show, juried by Ellen Fountain, N.W.S.

Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Annual Show, juried by Barbara Nechis, A.W.S.

Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Annual Show, juried by Timothy Clark, A.W.S.
Addy’s Award, For outstanding photographs for advertisement. Awarded by Tucson Advertising agencies.
First Place, Video Document Drama Production. Awarded by Pima College.
Published Photos, Sunset Magazine, Tucson Lifestyle, Design West and Garden Design magazines
Archive Collection, My work is displayed and kept in the archive collection of the Tucson Historical Society.

Education and Work Experience

Full-time Artist; teaching at The Drawing Studio in Tucson, Arizona

Abstract Expression classes with Josh Goldberg

One-month art history study tour in Italy

2000 – 2007
Interior Designer for Calico Corners, Tucson

Watercolor workshop with Ellen Fountain

Portrait workshop with Paul Mohr

Workshop with Kit Fraser

The Drawing Studio, Tucson – open studio, studying with Andrew Rush, Hoge Day & Josh Goldberg

June 1990
Biomedical Communications, Video Production/Direction Internship, University Medical Center, Tucson

Television Production, Communication, Social Welfare

Liberal Arts and Fine Arts – The University of Arizona, Tucson

Photographer/Owner – In Focus Productions, Tucson
Architectural photography, lab processing, media sales, professional advertising photography, portfolio presentations

Interior Designer/Owner – Lisa’s Interiors, Tucson
Coordinating and scheduling with developer for colorization of new homes


Boni Weinstein
I read the book Saturday and thought it was wonderful. Not only was it so well written but I learned so much. It is the first book about the Holocaust that I could get through without being so sick afterwards. Your parents were incredibly brave people and I so admire their courage and spirit. I brought a copy to my son and urged him to read the book. I need to buy more.
Denise Mathot
I finished your book and it is SO Good!! It is unbelievable what your parents went through and I love the way their story is told.
Ava Young
"Zalman Ber" is a small book that makes a big impact. Written in a voice emerging from one of the most shameful and violent periods in human history, Zalman Ber lingers. I could easily carry this story with me for a lifetime, inspired by it's example of the resiliency of the human spirit. It makes me want to be a better person than I have been."