My artist book, In This Land of Lakes and Volcanoes is included in the exhibition Wanderlust at 23 Sandy Gallery. As always, I was inspired by gallery owner and book artist Laura Russell’s call to artists to explore the theme of wanderlust. Using my recent trip to Nicaragua as inspiration, I explored themes of  passion, longing and connection in this latest work.

Gallery Representation

I am pleased to announce that I joined Waterstone Gallery, where I will be exhibiting my paintings. Founded in 1992, Waterstone is an artist-owned organization with 18 members. We show a wide variety contemporary art including paintings, prints, glass work, and sculpture.

WATERSTONE GALLERY, 124 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR

I am also excited to share that I will be represented by 23 Sandy Gallery, a fine arts gallery specializing in book and paper arts. You’ll find my one-of-a-kind and small edition book works here.

23 SANDY GALLERY, 623 NE 23rd Ave, Portland, OR



This month I travelled to the Bay Area and saw two inspirational shows – J.M.W Turner at San Francisco’s DeYoung museum and an exhibit of Richard Diebenkorn’s sketchbooks at the Stanford University’s Cantor Art Center. From Turner to Diebenkorn, I covered a span of 131 years in a 45 minute car ride.  However, some shared aspects of their work could link them as contemporaries.

Hello Again!

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It’s been over a year since my last blog post…a year filled with art adventures, studio days and new work. I’m hoping to post some catch-up stories, but I have some news that can’t wait! I am very pleased to announce that I have joined Waterstone, an artist run gallery located in Portland’s Pearl District. The gallery has just moved to a larger space and I am looking  forward to painting BIG.

You’re Invited!


A Near Perfect Place

(ten new Paintings by Lisa Onstad)

August 2nd-August 27th

Opening Reception August 3rd, 2:30-4:30

West Linn Public Library

Community art Room

1595 Burns Street, West Linn, OR