Artist Bio

Lisa Goren was born in California and raised in NYC. And yet she has dreamed of Polar landscapes since she was in her teens. Her first trip to Antarctica inspired her to capture this world. Painting for the last 20 years, travels to Iceland and Alaska followed as she pursued the cold. Her watercolors show an unfamiliar landscape in a new light by using vibrant colors and taking risks with different surfaces. They create questions about the nature of abstraction and our planet with her representations of unfamiliar, threatened terrains.

Earning a place on the 2013 Arctic Circle Residency, she chronicled the journey in the New York Times (
During the Pandemic, she has been working on smaller paintings of animals in “human” spaces as well as portraits of health care workers (chosen to be in The Best Art Created by Washington Post Readers During the Pandemic by Washington Post).


Main Subject

Polar and frozen landscapes/Animals from the Pandemic


Materials and Techniques

I’m a watercolorist. I use paper or other surfaces to paint on. Most of my work uses the wet on wet approach.