Above: Detail "Anya" Watercolor, 24 x 30" 2015
Lisa Babbitt creates portraits exclusively in watercolor, and feels that capturing the subject’s likeness and character is key to the success of her work. She paints by commission, in studio or on location. Subjects include children, pets, and in memorium.
"Red and Yellow" Watercolor 8 x 8" 2016
Babbitt was born and raised in a small town in southeast Michigan. Her career as a graphic designer and illustrator included commercial clients and non-profits. She spent six years in the exhibits department at Cranbrook Institute of Science, as a graphic designer, then became a project manager. She is currently on staff at the Exploratorium where she has illustrated over 250 drawings for their newly renovated exhibits on Pier 15.
While in Michigan, she graduated with a BFA from MSU, with additional classes at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. She has conducted graduate work at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
"Melanfolly" comic strip, 2014 - present
Inspired by struggles with depression, Babbitt started a comic strip “Melanfolly,” and creates the strip on a weekly basis.