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Lisa Goren was born in California and raised in NYC. And yet she has dreamed of Polar landscapes since she was in her teens. Her first trip took her to Antarctica where she was inspired and captivated by the landscape. Later travels to Iceland, Alaska, increased her love for the Polar Regions. Her watercolors show an unfamiliar landscape in a new light. By using vibrant colors and taking risks with different surfaces, she makes the viewer reevaluate their understanding of both these landscapes and their beliefs in the potential of the medium. Her works create questions about the nature of abstraction and our planet as many of her pieces are representations of unfamiliar, threatened terrains.

Lisa’s work can be found in personal collections worldwide, from Australia to Iceland, and the United States. Her place on the 2013 Arctic Circle Residency was chronicled in an article she wrote for the New York Times ( and led her to her next phase of her Polar work. She had two pieces in “Gaia - Les femmes et l'ecologie” in Paris to coincide with the COP21 Climate talks. Recently, her Google Talk ( gave her a larger platform to discuss her travels, art, and the Polar regions.

Lisa has been working out of Boston, Massachusetts for the past 25 years and is Vice-President of the National Association of Women Artists (Mass. Chapter).

Since the Pandemic, she has been working on smaller paintings of Animals Taking Over during the Quarantine as well as portraits of health care workers (chosen to be in The Best Art Created by Washington Post Readers During the Pandemic by Washington Post).



Chateau Orqueveaux, France, December 2025

La Porte Peinte, France, October 2024

Gullkistan Center for Creativity, Iceland, January 2024

South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA, October 2016-May 2018

The Arctic Circle, Svalbard, Norway, Sept.-Oct. 2013


Recent Publications:

Postcards from the Pandemic, Boston Globe

The Best Art Created by Washington Post Readers During the Pandemic by Washington Post), July 6, 2020

“Nemo in the Arctic”, Bark Magazine, Summer, 2019,

 “In Hot Pursuit of Ice and Cold”, New York Times, Sunday, March 29th, 2015,

“Water Into Ice: Watercolors of Polar and Frozen Landscapes” (Book)



Museum of Fine Arts, Boston -

Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Chicago -

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