MMoA Artists Share: Lisa Miceli


Lisa Miceli joined us last year, volunteering at the front desk each week as well as on the Receiving Committee each time MMoA prepares for a new exhibition.  She is always ready to support MMoA staff whenever and however possible.  Her help plays an integral part in both the Visitor Services and Exhibitions department.


“I have had the opportunity as a volunteer at MMoA to learn about and contribute to many aspects of the museum including greeting visitors at reception services, assisting with exhibit set-up and events, and data entry. Volunteering is very important to me because it allows me to support the arts, to connect with the local art community, and to develop as an artist through art classes and collaboration.  I am grateful to be able to contribute to the important mission of MMoA, and to work with the dedicated staff who have made volunteering an enjoyable and positive experience for me.”


About The Artist

“As a plein air watercolor painter I endeavor to create a narrative in my paintings through compositions which often include figures as an integral part of the story.  This allows viewers to enter and explore the painting through association with the figure.  My paintings incorporate an illustrative style, abstracted by brushwork with skies that establish the emotional tone of the scene.  I often use heavy passages of ink either applied with a pen or other tools to establish values and composition.  Through this expression I hope to inspire others to feel the beauty of the landscape and changeable skies I see.”

I began watercolor painting in classes with local art instructors at Granite Street Gallery, most recently with Howard Park at the Mystic Museum of Art, Bob Noreika at the Lyme Art Association, and learned to paint with the Japanese hake brush with the guidance of British watercolorist Ron Ranson. A significant influence on my painting was my grandmother Lucille Gauthier, who was an illustrator, watercolorist, and a WPA artist.  I grew up in Groton, and returned to Connecticut after completing graduate studies in Michigan in clinical psychology.”


Recent Accomplishments

Howard Park and Lisa Miceli do a plein air demo in both oil and water.  They begin teaching their first class together at MMoA’s KTJ Studios February 3 – March 3, 2021.
Video by Jack Adam Miceli.



Recent Work

“As a member of the Noank 9 plein air painting group, I plein air paint regularly and find that some of my best work has emerged under challenging weather conditions.  Recent teaching experience includes co-teaching Color and Composition in Oil and Watercolor on Fisher’s Island with Howard Park, and Oil and Water plein air workshops are planned later this summer in different area locations.  I currently have a solo watercolor Show at Studio 33 Gallery in New London titled “On the Horizon: Land, Sea and Sky,” and have paintings in the Lyme Art Association show “Yin and Yang.”   My painting “New London Harbor Light” was winner of the recent watercolor competition at the Mystic Seaport Museum inspired by J.M.W Turner. “