The Stray Cat in downtown St. James played host to artist Lisa Hagen and her 2013 debut art show The Hagen Effect, Saturday, Jan. 12. Hagen graduated from South Central Technical College in 1998, then began her career painting.
“Art is a great way to capture an emotion,” said Hagen.
After a few short years painting professionally, Hagen got married. It was at that time Hagen took a break from painting professionally and became a full-time mother to her six children. She said she has been out of art so long many of her friends didn’t even know she had ever painted. It has been more than ten years since Hagen last painted professionally.
Though she wasn’t selling paintings, Hagen never put down the brush. She said painting is a great way to teach her children, and she uses it regularly while she home-schools her kids.
Hagen is hoping to get her name back out there and is looking to schedule more art shows at different venues. She finds motivation to paint in the things she sees everyday.
“I saw mermaids at the Renaissance Fair and they were so beautiful,” said Hagen. “I had to capture it and put it on canvas to share with the world.”
Hagen’s art consists of some nature shots of birds, ships being tossed on heavy water, old John Deer tractors from her front lawn, mermaids and more.
If you’re more a fan of International tractors, don’t be anxious, Hagen reports she will be working on some red tractors very soon – to meet the requests she has already received.
Hagens mother said Lisa had always been artistic and they even had paintings she created at a younger age framed. Hagen’s passion has helped her to continue moving forward in the art world.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an event, Hagen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
There were also some paintings left hanging in the Stray Cat – stop by to have a look or to purchase a painting for your home or office. Paintings will be up in the Stray Cat for the next few weeks.