Self-portrait in oil, Lieutenant River background, July, 2022

Connecticut contemporary artist currently working in academic drawing & oil painting pulling from traditional figurative and portrait artists of the past and present.  Lisa has taken lessons with estabished artists for the last few years in academic drawing, figure and portrait work.  She also started to paint En Plein Air in 2020 and continues to do so today!

Artist Bio

L.M.Sanders began working in oils during the pandemic of 2020.  She has been a professional artist for over 20 years working mainly in acrylics.  She became known for her loose impressionistic style, working mainly in figures wearing white dresses and almost always seen walking away from the viewer.   That style and composition resonated with collectors and during 2000 – 2007 she sold about 800 of them.  She has sold over 1,000 paintings to date. Some of those works are shown below in the slideshow.

In 2012 she did start to exhibit her work again and you could find her work in local restaurants and shops. 

Lisa had formal training in high school. She went through the Norwich Free Academy art program and majored in art.  That was many years ago, she returned to her roots if you will, in 2020 and took plein air oil painting, landscape, and figure painting/drawing lessons. She has taken lessons with established artists, Hollis Dunlap, Jerry Weiss, Jack Montmeat, Diana Buitrago and Linda Marino.  

Lisa’s career has been in Human Resources and she holds an M.S. in Organizational Psychology. She is now tending to their Petting Zoo, enjoying her art career and working at Mitchell College as adjunct faculty teaching Psychology.  

 She had several of her plein air paintings selected by the CT Plein Air Society in 2020 for a show and she had a solo show at Epicure Brewing in 2021.  In 2023, she took her first sculpture class and since then she did her first sculpture on her own of a young girl bust which you can view on the home page. 

July 2023, she was a featured artist at the Reliance Health Gallery with a solo show.  

August 2023, her work was juried in and she became a member of the Connecticut River Artisans shop in Essex, CT.  Her small paintings and original, one-of-a-kind newborn sculptures will be available for sale! 

Art created in Classes

Art Classes & Workshops | 2020, 2021, 2022,2023

Jack Montmeat, Portrait/Figure Class, Summer 2022
2nd model, Jerry Weiss Figure Painting Class, Fall 2021
2nd model, Jack Montmeat Fall Portrait Drawing Class, 2021
1st model, Jack Montmeat Fall Portraig Drawing Class, 2021


Sculpture at the Lyme Art Association with Kimberly Monson  – July (23)


Figure Drawing at the Lyme Art Association with Jack Montmeat – June (22)

Figure Painting at the Lyme Academy of Fine Art with Jerry Weiss – Feb (22)

Figure Drawing at the Mystic Museum of Art with Jack Montmeat – Jan (22)


Figure Painting at the Lyme Academy of Fine Art with Jerry Weiss – Fall (21)- Winter (22)

Portrait Drawing at the Mystic Museum of Art with Jack Montmeat – Fall 21 


Plein Air painting lessons with Linda S. Marino July, 2020 – Aug, 2020

Landscape & Figure painting lessons with Hollis Dunlap Summer 2020 – Fall 2020

Figure & Portrait Class (Charcoal and/or Oils) with Jack Montmeat- Fall 2020

1st model, Hollis Dunlap Painting Figure Painting Class,Summer 2020
2nd model, Hollis Dunlap Figure Painting Class, Summer 2020
3rd model, Hollis Dunlap Figure Painting Class, Summer 2020
Linda Marino Plein Air Painting Lesson, Summer 2020

Figure, portrait drawing class with Jack Montmeat, Summer 2020

Article about my paintings & article about my sculpted dolls in store fronts many years ago!

Early 2000 - 2007 paintings sold in every state and in several countries-over 800+ on Ebay alone!