Nationally awarded professional artist Lisa Grunewald Bailey is a current resident and art instructor in Franklin, MA. Originally from Grosse Point, Michigan; she holds a BA in Art and Interior Design from Adrian College, Adrian, MI. Lisa moved to Franklin, MA in 1999 and launched her own business “Developing Artists”; to teach drawing and painting to children and adults. She enjoys being an artist/instructor but is continually intrigued and fascinated by the challenge when she is provided the opportunity to be an exhibit judge. Lisa maintains a busy schedule participating in juried shows as well as solo and group exhibits at various businesses and museums. She has received numerous awards and her work can be found in both individual and corporate collections throughout the United States.
Her journey as an artist started at the young age of nine years old by taking drawing classes. By age twelve her involvement in art took her to oil painting classes; and by high school Lisa was participating in a co-op at a department store working in the display department creating handmade signs. Lisa went on to College and completed several commission works, working for a variety of clients. Afterwards she continued on as an interior designer for a furniture company and soon went on as an assistant designer with a commercial interior decorating company. While living in Detroit, Lisa was invited to join the professional artist group called the “Detroit Scarab Club”. This club was the first of many different art associations and society memberships in which she still continues to participate as an active member. She has contributed many years as a board member and President for two organizations.
Before moving to Massachusetts, Lisa’s marriage led her through several moves throughout the United States (Kansas, Maryland and Illinois). During these moves she raised two children and was exposed, and participated in different art programs. Lisa volunteered at her daughter’s school in the “Art Volunteer In the Classroom” program associated with the Art Institute of Chicago, where she educated the students about famous artists. While living in Illinois she began teaching art to home-schooled children. The decision to open her own business, “Developing Artist,” was derived from the lessons she taught to young blossoming students. As an art instructor she teaches group and private drawing and painting classes to children and adults. She has given art instruction to adults through the local continuing education program and the local senior living activities program. During her career, Lisa has given art talks at a gallery and taught art to children at an elementary school as the Artist-in-Resident. Lisa has also been a substitute art teacher at an elementary school and taught art at the Library.
Lisa teaches various mediums and works professionally in: pencil, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, and oil. The different mediums stimulate her imagination and allow more creativity and growth. She decides which medium to use depending on her vision for each painting, and the inspiration that a chosen medium brings to the subject matter. In any medium, her paintings are noted by the sense of movement, precision, and attention to detail with a vibrant and complex color pallet. Her ongoing passion to explore many different techniques, while adding her own interpretation is always challenging. Through this process she was able to develop her own unique, original, new style to the watercolor medium. Lisa calls her original style “Color Weave”, a complex style in which she continues to develop, innovate and master.