Lisa Furman holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, a Master of Fine Arts in art therapy from New York University, and a doctoral degree in counseling and psychology from Lesley University. In addition to being a practicing and performing artist, she is a board certified, registered art therapist and licensed professional counselor.
Painting, printmaking, mixed media, and digitally integrated art media. The work is richly layered with complex textures and surfaces that often take years to build. Her figurative and landscape work is expressionistic, landing somewhere between drawing and painting. The prints are layered collagraph, overprint, transfer, and chine-colle techniques.
Experience as a professional graphic designer, with a focus on music packaging, artistic content, and website design.
Works well with other artists and performers looking for unique design content with a focus on art aesthetics. Previous clients have included musicians, fine artists, photographers, home designers, and jewelry artists.
BFA Painting Rhode Island School of Design
MA Art Therapy New York University
PhD Counseling and Psychology Lesley University
2012 – 2017 Developed an art therapy program model in conjunction with the National Parks Service (NPS) as part of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative. The initial art therapy program was launched in 2012 at Weir Farm National Historic Park in Wilton, CT and has been adapted by other NPS programs throughout the country. The model used NPS resources to support emotional health through in-park day and specialized-care programs facilitated by an art therapist-in-residence. (See page 3 of the NPS 2018-2023 Strategic Plan and page 36 of the NPS Public Lands Engagement Report for more information on this project).