MMoA Artists Share: Lisa Lyman Adams

After 26 years of a successful illustrative career in Manhattan, Lisa relocated to the Mystic area to continue her art career while also teaching classes at MMoA. Lisa teaches numerous classes on various themes and topics which include: Watercolor Basics, Nuts and Bolts of Drawing, Multimedia Drawing, Map Making, Intermediate Drawing, Animal Portraits and much, much more. In the summer, you can also find Lisa instilling her passion for art into the minds and hearts of youth who enroll in MMoA’s camp program.


“My true sensibilities lie in drawing, but paramount is ‘having something to say’ in my imagery. Using a mix of super realism, naïve drawing, trompe l’oeil and artists’ handwriting, I switch up between graphite drawings and acrylic paintings. I concern myself with the fundamentals of art – those constant chores when making art and I have a very strong focus on attention. That facet involves seeing and accuracy and interestingly enough makes for a huge concern with surfaces. My art pieces inform a range of influence and inspiration with injection of personal preemptive irony and observations of life. I embrace the visuals of late 19th century Boston School painting, the album covers that were generated in the early 1970’s, Outsider Art, Swiss Graphics, Audubon, David Hockney, anything trompe l’oeil, any retro-stationary store possibilities…needless to say – I am constantly on the look-out to see ‘every little thing’ and make art about it.”



Lisa had a solo exhibition at MMoA entitled kidArt in 2018 that fittingly ran along side the annual Young at Art show.


She became an Elected Artist member at MMoA in 2009.







Lisa, a Vermont native and graduate of Pratt Institute (BFA) spent most of her adult life living and working in Manhattan as an illustrator. A regular contributor to mainstream publications for her editorial art, she is also the author/illustrator of the popular holiday children’s picturebook  The Twelve Days of Christmas in New York City” and the creator of the babyGap teddy bear.

Upon moving to Mystic, CT in 2006 Lisa was represented by Diane Birdsall Gallery and her one woman show “Obvious” kick-started more exhibitions in juried and curated shows which include Stonington Gallery, Avondale Arts, 1st dibs, and Onishi Project (Chelsea district, NYC).  In 2018 Lisa was given the opportunity to have a Liebig gallery show: kidArt  at Mystic Museum of Art of her drawings and paintings showcasing the world of kids. Active with private commissions and illustration assignments, Lisa teaches at South County Art Association (RI), adult artists in her Mystic studio, mentors young artists, and teaches courses at Mystic Museum of Art.




Social Media
Instagram:   @art.tank.lisa.adams


Her illustrative work is represented by Morgan Gaynin Inc.