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. Lisa's 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. Her prints are layered overprints combining collagraph and chine-colle techniques.
Lisa has experience as a professional graphic designer, with a focus on music packaging, artistic content, and website design.
She works well with other artists since there is a shared common aesthetic. Previous clients have included musicians, fine artists, photographers, home designers, and jewelry artists.
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 uses 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).