Born in Cornwall in 1969, Lisa Ann Watkins only recently rekindled her interest in what have become the great twin passions of her life: creativity and love of animals.
She studied at Cheltenham College of Art, where she graduated in fashion design and textiles, Lisa worked for years in the costume and bridal industry; then, realising that the work had no real meaning for her, she stepped away. It was late 2012 before she took up her coloured pencils again and set herself the challenge to pursue her true calling.
Now based in the Forest of Dean, Lisa currently works with the charities of her choice to promote awareness with her artwork. In addition, she operates a well-established business in pet and wildlife portraiture and also now teaches others how to embrace their own creative. This is mainly via workshops around the UK & the US but also via her online teaching channel on Patreon. She has now been invited to teach for other organisations including the SAA as part of their artist team.
Lisa has had her work published many times over the last few years & has also picked up several awards including 2 at the 2016 UKCPS Open International Exhibition in London. Not only did she pick up the SAA award for Best in Category for portraying a domestic animal but also The Artist award for Reserve Best in Show.
Lisa also recently achieved one of her lifetime goals of being invited to become a signature member of the Artists For Conservation organisation & continues to work as an Artist Partner to the Snow Leopard Trust.
Lisa continues to undertake a limited amount of private commission work each year.