Lisa Hilliker has spent most of her life in rural northern Vermont, just a stone’s throw from the Canadian border. Surrounded by natural beauty and abundant wildlife, it is not surprising that both have become sources of inspiration for her. "I love animals and nature. Any piece of wood or stone sets me off. I start feeling and seeing what could happen."
Hilliker has been creating art since she was a small child. Early teachers included an artistic mother and grandmother, and an extraordinarily talented eighth grade art teacher. From there she has learned from other artists and let her powers of observation guide her. "Art is in the eye of the beholder", she says. Fellow Vermonter and artist Warren Kimble, who is considered to be "America’s Best Known Living Folk Artist," has been a great source of inspiration for Lisa. "Any guy who paints on barn boards is terrific in my book," she says. Lisa shares Warren’s affinity for barn board. After selecting the right piece for the project, she sands it and gives it a base coat of paint. Working primarily in acrylics, she then paints, and after completing her project, finishes the piece with an antiquing process and a final protective coat of varnish. Lisa works from a studio in her home, often with her cat, a favorite muse, at her side.