Lisa Matthias is a visual artist and ecologist who has lived in the Edmonton area since 2003. She has a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from the University of Alberta, a Master of Science in plant ecology from the University of Manitoba, and a Bachelor of Science in ecology from the University of Guelph. Her interdisciplinary artwork and each of her career paths in the arts and sciences have been inspired by animals, plants, and the natural world. Lisa spent many years studying botany and wildlife biology as an ecologist. She worked for Alberta Fish and Wildlife for the better part of a decade, pursuing her MFA during the last few years that she worked there. In 2013 she switched career paths from professional biologist to professional artist.
Lisa often uses science-based approaches when researching creative ideas. She studies and documents natural history through photography, sound recording, research collaborations, specimen collection, drawing, writing, microscopy, and more. Focusing on woodblock print and other forms of printmaking, her work is experimental, often abstract, and she strives for continuous growth and change. Lisa’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows provincially, nationally, and internationally. She has been represented by Christine Klassen Gallery in Calgary since 2014, and also has work available through Birch Contemporary in Toronto. Her work is part of private and public collections, such as Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Lisa is also an arts educator, teaching at various art galleries, artist-run centres, and institutions over the years, most recently with the City of Edmonton and the Spruce Grove Art Gallery. Lisa is mom to a twin son and daughter, several dogs and cats, and she and her family moved to rural Alberta just outside of Edmonton in 2018. Website