A resident of Denver, Elizabeth (Lise) Neer has lived in Colorado since 1980. Born in Oklahoma City, she and her family moved several times while her father developed a career in medicine as he pursued the best places to study and practice. They finally landed in New Hampshire, where Lise spent her teens and entered college at UNH.
Majoring in art, publishing and creative writing, Lise aimed for a life in Paris: envisioning an ideal living there of painting, language and culinary skills she’d gained along the way. However, facing a lack of momentum in fulfilling that dream, she instead took the offer of a detour out West. After a hiatus in the ski industry and later graduating from Metropolitan State College, she settled into a publishing/design career in Denver. Paris was visited, paintings and art furniture were created, and for a few years Lise was a cast member of a local performance art troupe called Dirt ’n Circuits. With this group she developed installations and performed in comedic shows that included backup singing for a ‘garage band’ and creating machine-like costumes of papier maché, found objects and metal.
"Returning to the study of fine art in recent years, I am focused once again on painting with soft pastels. This medium has brought me back to a visceral experience with color, texture, form and impression. Laying on color directly with only my hands as tools, brings a satisfaction and immediacy to the process, and helps to convey the movement and breath of the landscape and other compelling subjects, such as a newfound love of portraiture."