Lisa Parkyn was born in Windhoek, Namibia and spent her early life on a remote farm in the Kalahari Desert , a vast semi-arid sandy savanna in Southern Africa. A wonderful childhood playground – often losing herself for long periods of time drawing in the sand or finding nature’s treasures in the bushveld. She was inspired by her mother who was famous for her landscape painting in Botswana with numerous exhibitions and a strong local following.
Lisa inherited the love of nature from her mum who would show her its intricate patterns and colours – seedpods, bark, leaves and of course the African sunsets often take your breath away.
After finishing school she studied Art and Design in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Once her studies were complete she moved to London and worked as a Graphic Designer – this funded extensive global travel. Lisa and family settled in Ottery St Mary, Devon, in 2008. As the children grew up, Lisa was able to dedicate more time to art – initially commissioned portraits, still life and sketches. She has always had a passion for nature and is currently enjoying painting Devon’s outstanding natural beauty.
Getting out with her family into nature and painting has proven to be a wonderful and rewarding way for Lisa to pass on the love of the natural world to her own children.
While out and about, quick sketches often lead Lisa to revisit locations. She enjoys exploring the subject and surrounding location before creating a full painting.