Creating An Inspired Life with Art and Travel

About Me

Lisa Hugging Tree

I grew up in the country with forty acres as my playground, which is probably why I favor wide-open spaces. I drink copious amounts of black coffee, top my pancakes with peanut butter, and find chips and guacamole impossible to resist. I stride forward into the unknown with unflinching optimism and often leap without looking.

In July 2018, I bought my neighbor’s 2001 Ford Econoline van, and in February 2020, it became my full-time home. I sold my house and all belongings, quit my job, and intentionally stepped away from the comfortable life I’d created.

Easily awed by nature, I believe there is magic to be found everywhere. I find infinite sources of inspiration in the landscapes through which I travel. I paint from memory and my own photographs. My portraits are inspired by aged faces that hint at lives fully lived, and I aspire to capture the same feeling in my landscapes. To convey reverence, a fleeting feeling, the playfulness of light, or the jubilant riot of color in a sunset. To harness a tiny moment of splendor and share it with others.