A native Californian who has lived on both coasts, Lisa currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She received her degree in painting in 1990 from University of California Santa Cruz, and has been painting for twenty-five years with a variety of mediums.  Lisa exhibits her work nationally and is currently represented by Hang Art in San Francisco and Fresh Paint in Culver City.

Lisa’s paintings explore themes of complexity, memory, and sensory experience through the subject of landscape.  Her paintings challenge traditional ideas about time and place, and re-negotiate the concept of landscape to accommodate a broad definition that comprises multiple moments, multiple views, and abstracted perceptions.  Her working methods are simple, yet meticulous, and utilize mediums that allow for transparency and layering to communicate spacial and temporal ideas.  The result is a series of paintings that is rich, subtle, and defined by a sense of floating space.

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  1. Mary Scrimgeour

    I really love your work Lisa! Alyson is also a mentor for me and I agree at how amazing she is! I am just starting to work with encaustic and paper and resin. Quite excited about it.
    Take care and happy painting!!
    Warm regards.
    Mary Scrimgeour

  2. Lee Shiney

    A quick note to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your work, reading through your blog, viewing photos of your studio, especially seeing how you work through your processes. Thanks for taking time to write and share!

    1. LisaK Post author

      thanks- comments like this help motivate me to keep on keeping on with the blog. I really like your work, by the way, and will be adding you to my sidebar. Esp. the roomba drawings. Wonderful.

    2. Mark Davey

      I am going to be taking my first encaustic art class this weekend and am so excited. Your work was what inspired me. It’s breath taking! I was wondering how you incorporate your little tiny white dots and the black dotted outlines. It would be so much fun if I could use your technique to draw a picture of my kids using this idea. thanks Mark….

      1. LisaK Post author

        I’m glad my work was such an inspiration, Mark. There really isn’t much mystery to how I make my tiny marks, and once you take a class It’ll be obvious to you, really. I make them with tiny tools and lot’s of patience! I use an awl for the dots, filling them with pigment, and the for the white I use a very small brush. Have fun taking your class- encaustic is a unique process, and it will continue to teach you for a long time…Best, Lisa

  3. Jim

    Taking my first lesson in encaustic next week so have been searching the internet for help…your site is a great…saw the pic of you cat and would swear it was ours…sounds like the same personality too…we got him at the shelter the spring of 2008 and think he is 50/50 Siamese and tabby…he’s about the same age as yours also…looking forward to my journey into encaustic…Jim

  4. katherine

    I would like to take classes in encaustic painting and have yoga as part of the process – any recommendations??

    1. LisaK Post author

      That sounds wonderful, but I don’t know of anyone that offers that particular combination. It wouldn’t be too hard to find a workshop in your area, and find yoga classes nearby. Good luck!

  5. caitlin boyce

    I’m so very glad that I found your site. I recently began using encaustic and I have often returned to your site not only for tips but for inspiration. Your work is wonderful! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    Caitlin Boyce

  6. Sandy Middleton

    Just found your work, then your blog, love it all. I am in Canada but would love to se it in person at a show some day. You don’t seem to have posted much lately, you still doing this, if so more more!!

  7. Leeanne Laforge

    Pinterest has been a door that opens for all of us to see beautiful work like yours Lisa. You are inspiring. I love encaustic painting. I have been a student of Susan Ukkola and attend her open studios. You can find her on pinterest as well. I would like to do some work at home but I am not sure about the ratio of beeswax to damar and I know it can be very toxic. Can you purchase it already mixed? Any help would be appreciated.

    1. LisaK Post author

      Thank you! As for the medium, it is a bit of a production to make, but with good ventilation it is not a toxic process. You must control the temperature. Your ratio of damar to beeswax can be anywhere from 1:6 to 1:9, depending on your preference for hardness. You can find directions online, just google “making encaustic medium”. People have developed slightly different methods, but it’s basically just a matter of melting the two ingredients together and pouring into molds. Good luck!

      On 12/18/12 8:03 AM, “Lisa Kairos: Open Studio”

  8. rejestracja firmy

    I am really glad I have found this info. Today bloggers publish just about gossips and net and this is really irritating. A good website with exciting content, this is what I need. Thanks for keeping this website, I will be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Cant find it.

  9. 31771

    Thank you so much for this. I’m a blogger coming from Rennes, France and what you’ve said here on wordpress.
    com couldn’t be written much better. Reading through this information reminds me of my previous roommate, Angelica. He constantly kept preaching about this. I most certainly will send this material to him. Pretty sure he will have a good time reading this. I am thankful to you you for revealing this.

  10. angela park

    Hi Lisa, I am an art student in the uk, and interested in wax as a medium, I came across your work, and think it is stunning.i am interested in your technique. I have tried with beeswax, and bombay inks, but the results have been very hit and miss, and amateurish. I wonder if you could advise me, on any specific techniques or books. With thanks Angie

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  13. Anthony Fusco

    Hi Lisa, my wife and I have purchased your beautiful piece Tule Fog. We are in love with it! Having never owned an encaustic before, I’m not sure how best to display and protect it. Do you recommend putting some kind of frame around it, or do you intend it to be hung as is? And do we need to keep it out of direct sunlight?! Thanks! Anthony Fusco, San Francisco

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  16. SENIOR

    My name is Senior collins from SC. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you.I would like to purchase one of yours as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, i Will appreciate if you can give me the price quotes of any available works of yours ready for immediate sale,.

    Thanks and best regards,

  17. Cynthia Sumner

    Hi Lisa. I just came across your work in a search for Encaustic Artists and love your aesthetic and your writing. I’ve recently become addicted to working in this medium and am fairly obsessed with experimentation, as well as learning from people whose work I respect. I live in Sonoma County and would like to get on a mailing list for your upcoming classes. The way your eyes catches the vignettes of still life moments in Periphery Project is wonderful. I’m thoroughly enjoyed your website. Hope to meet you in person some time.
    Best to you, Cynthia Sumner

  18. Linda Elder

    I am so happy I found your blog and website. I just finished my first encaustic class after playing around and teaching myself. I am ,ore enthusiastic than ever and hope when I visit CA for my annual winter retreat I am able to see your work in San Francisco and perhaps even attend a class if you are teaching in January or February. Lovely work.

    Linda Elder

    1. LisaK Post author

      Thank you, Linda! Have fun exploring your new medium, and maybe I’ll see you in a class. You can check my schedule on my website. Cheers, Lisa


  19. Svanhild Rohdin

    Hi Lisa 😊
    I am dreaming of joining courses of encausic art. And I love your detailed work, witch is kind of tecniques I try to get in my acrylics. I live in Norway, but would like to get informed of your courses so I might get over one day When I have saved for the trip


  20. Sally Smith

    Hi Lisa

    I work with resin and wondered whether encaustic wax would work with resin or whether they repel each other? I’m not sure how the chemistry of the two products react with each other or not!



    1. Kairos Family

      Hi Sally,

      I don’t have any experience mixing these two, and have never worked with resin at all, so I can’t really answer your question. I do know that you cannot mix them together and apply them as a medium.

      Good luck, Lisa >

  21. Star Tiera Gallegos

    Hi Lisa,
    I find your work very calming but yet quite complex. That’s a nice combo I think. Can you tell me where you got your tripod light stand? I really need something like that for my dungeon.
    Best to you and Milo and your plans for the future.


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