Watercolor of Woman and Child by Lisa Chason

Featured Artist: Lisa Chason

Lisa Chason, 54, Owner/Educator New Paltz Art Studio (art education for children ages 6 – adult), resides in New Paltz, NY.

What types of arts and crafts do you do?
I love painting people but, I dabble in just about anything I can get my hands on!

What are your favorite mediums to use?
My first love is watercolor, but I go through spurts where I will be captivated with clay or another medium and stay with that for a while, too.

What is your favorite color? 
That’s like asking what is my favorite food?! Depending on the day, I might choose any number of colors, but I usually tend toward the blue-greens.

What inspires your art?
My students! I love watching children engage in artwork because they are so uninhibited. I also love other cultures…the textiles, the scenes from day-to-day life. I take lots of photos when I travel to use as references.

Who is one of your favorite artists?
So many, but one is Paul Gauguin…I love his bold and colorful style, and the exotic subject matter of his work.

What is your favorite section in Manny’s Art Supplies?
Paper, paper, paper.

On a lighter note…

What is your favorite dessert?
My mom owned a gourmet cake business as I was growing up, so this one is really tough! Her cheesecake is the best ever, but I love a good Tiramisu.

Where is a favorite vacation spot?
My family went to Barcelona about six years ago and we all fell in love. We spent the whole plane ride home thinking what type of business we could open up so that we could live there part-time and be in New Paltz the other half. There’s my dream right there!

Do you have any pets? What kind and what are their names?
Yes, a little mini-Daschund, named Ruby…who is not so “mini” because everyone who meets her wants to feed her!

To reach Lisa Chason, visit www.newpaltzartstudio.com or call 256-1867.