Above, detail of "Blue and Red Portrait"
A graphic design and illustration professional with 20 years of commercial experience, Lisa Babbitt resides in San Carlos. She was born and raised in a small town in southeast Michigan.
She received a BFA in graphic design at Michigan State University and studied illustration at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, with continuing graduate study at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Since 1990, Lisa has worked for museums and commercial clients in the roles of graphic designer and illustrator specializing in print. She also has an extensive background in production and project management.
I enjoy the challenge of capturing a person's likeness with the spontaneity that watercolor offers. Although I work in watercolor, I keep my easel upright. This requires me to work quickly, which I enjoy, layering in light washes while I catch and control the heavier ones. I prefer to work from life but also paint from the photos I take of my subjects.