Lisa Willits moved to Charleston more than 25 years ago from her hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania. While working as a technician in a research lab by day, she began taking evening art classes at the Gibbes Museum School. After experimenting with sev-
eral different mediums, Willits chose oil painting because it best captured her love of color. With the encouragement of fam- ily and friends, she took the leap and began working full time as a painter in 2005. Willits is most inspired by the natural beauty of the South Carolina coast and strives to capture its enchanting atmo- sphere. “My paintings explore the things about the landscape that fascinate me: the colors and glow of early morning or eve- ning skies, the incredible cloud formations here on the coast, the ever-changing seascapes, and the vistas that stretch out to forever,” she says.
She is an exhibiting member of the Charleston Artist Guild and associate member of Oil Painters of America. Her paint- ings are currently on display at Lowcountry Artists Gallery at 148 East Bay St.