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Lisa McGovern

Professional Pastel & Graphic Artist

Group Artists Exhibitions

2021 Philadelphia Corporation of Aging, City Hall Philadelphia, PA

2020 The Michener Art Museum Doylestown, PA

2020 The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

2020 The Gallery at Bucks County Community College Lower Campus, Bristol PA

2019 Philadelphia Corporation of Aging, City Hall Philadelphia, PA

2019 Artists of Bristol On the Delaware, Bristol PA

2018 New Hope Art League, Doylestown, PA

2018 Artists of Yardley, Yardley, PA

2017 The Space at Big Treble Music, Morrisville, PA

2017 Salon Du Soleil! Regina Studio, Bristol PA

2017 Cerulean Arts Gallery & Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2017 The Middletown Municipal Building, Langhorne, PA

2017 The Centre of the Arts, Bristol PA

2016 Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2016 New Hope Historical Society, New Hope, PA

2016 Framed 2 Perfection Custom Framing & Art Gallery

2015 The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

Online Competitions

2021 R.E.D. Show – REIMAGINE, EXPLORE, DISCOVER Virtual Show – Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County

2021 Philadelphia Sketch Club, Phila., Pa

2018 Art Scene Today, Natural and UnNatural Disasters

2018 Light Space & Time, Cityscapes

2017 Colored Pencil Society of America, ArtSpectations






In admiration of Renoir, I paint in pastels. Subject wise, I tend to paint popular hometown icons or gathering scenes of people which in some personal way has affected me and hopefully you, the viewer. Just like the impressionists of the 1860’s, I use gestured strokes of lines, textured shapes and bold colors to create these in-the-moment scenes which could be considered conceptual or abstract, too. Many times, I will paint at the easel with the canvas turned upside down and I always have these three rules in mind:

#1 Rule: My paintings must have rich dark areas as I am obsessed with trying to define what total blackness is. Solution? Penetrate and build up to black by adding layers of deep blues, greens, purples, oranges, – anything that gives me that blackest black.

#2 Rule: When creating work as either a graphic or pastel artist, I always use MY OWN photographs and ABSOLUTELY NO FINGER SMEARING OF COLOR when painting with pastels. I will either push or blend the colors into place using the actual pastels themselves or with a pastel pencil or even a dry brush.

#3 Rule: Always sign my paintings, Lisa Goldman and spray the last layer with fixative (that much needed protective topcoat that holds all the pastel’s dust or pigment in place) or if not, my friendly picture framer will not be that friendly.