The Artwork of Lisa Russo


Lisa Russo

An unfolding mystery and an alluring sensuality mark the paintings of Lisa Russo. Heavily influenced by the technique and style of the Sixteenth Century Baroque masters, her subjects vary from passionate encounters to flights of fantasy. Her strength in painting the human figure stems from her travels and extensive study of classical paintings. This talent for the anatomy gives an inner strength to her female heroines and a prowess to her male courtiers. The combination of fantasy and sensuality create an intrigue that borders on the scandalous.

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Upcoming Events, Classes and Show
  • Splendor (The Artwork of Lisa Russo) on Display at South State Bank (1632 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL) from July 8-Sept 24th, Reception on August 1 from 4-7pm featuring the music of Annabelle Lopiano. .
  • Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, FL will host the following workshops by Lisa Russo:  Skulls and Skeletons June 17-21, 1-4 pm and Realistic Portrait Drawing June 29, 2024 from 1-4pm Register at or call 352-291-4455  

  • Marion County Museum of History and Archaeology, Colonial Wing, Permanent Collection

  • Follow Lisa's new works on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM


Lisa Russo

         A contemporary artist trained in the traditional style, Lisa was born in New Jersey in 1972, moved to Florida when she was nine. She showed a gift at a very young age.  Throughout her education she studied drawing and painting and won many awards for her skills. Lisa earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of South Florida. During that time she explored many mediums, techniques and styles only to gravitate back to painting. She continue to self educate herself in art history and technique through various travels and extensive readings.    Lisa then studied under a traditional oil painter and extended her repertoire of knowledge by painting various masterpieces from the 1600’s.    She currently is working on her second Masters degree in Fine Arts.

         As an art professor and educator she continued to hone her skills as she shared her techniques and knowledge. During her time teaching public and private students she worked on her Master of Education and traveled abroad. Lisa’s travels throughout Europe has influence her style and technique. The old world masters are prevalent throughout her work. Much of Lisa’s work is in private or public collections and is sold in galleries throughout the southeast.  Her work has also made the cover of a national trade magizine.

         Lisa and her husband have a son and a daughter, who give much inspiration to her work. Her interest in bodybuilding, dance and figure skating assists in her studies of the figure. Often you can catch her painting with her faithful dog under her easel. She continues to feed her passion of painting daily and looks for new inspiration in everything that she does.

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Lisa standing next to one of her masterpiece
replications at  her opening at the Jasmine gallery.

Honors and Awards: 
2nd place and Honorable mention, Webber Gallery at the College of Central Florida, 2023
Unmasked, The Revealing Art of Lisa Russo, Brick City Center for the Arts, 2023
Artist Alley, Daytona and Ormand Beach, 2023
Ocala Parks and recreation Exhibit, Oct 2022-Jan 2023
Best of Show, Webber Gallery at the College of Central Florida 2021
3rd Place at NOMA, Ocala ,FL 2021  
Honorable Mention at the Webber Gallery at the College of Central Florida, 2017 
Best of Show at the Wbber Center at the College of Central Florida, 2016 
Best of Show at the Webber Center at the College of Central Florida, 2015
2nd place at the Citizens Service Center "What's to Come Show", Ocala, FL 2015 
Best of show at the Ocala Art Group Portrait exhibition at the Ocala City Hall, 2015 
3rd in 2-D at the Delray Affair Art Show, Delray FL 2015 
1st Place  at the Visual Art Society, College of Central Florida, 2014
Purchase Award, Deland Art Festival 2014 
Award of Excellence, St. John Art Festival, Sanford, FL 2014 
Award of Merit, Thornebrook Art Festival, (2013) 
3rd Place, New Beginnings, Spring Exhibition at Brick City Center for the Arts, Ocala Art Group (2013) 
Featured Artist at the Apopka Foliage and Fine Arts Festival (2013) 
Featured Artist at the 36th Annual Leesburg Art Festival (2013)
2nd Place, Animal Planet show at Artful Gifts, Ocala, FL (2012) 
2nd Place, Paris in the Springtime, Marion Cultural Alliance, Ocala, FL (2012) 
Cover of the National Magizine "Where The Shows Are" (2012)
Best of Show, Ocala Art Group (2012) 
2nd Place Mardi Gras show at Artful Gifts (2012)
Award of Excellence, Citrus County 40th Festival of the Arts, Inverness,FL (2011) 
Marion County Museum of Historical and Archaelolgy, Ocala FL, Perminent collection housed in Colonial Wing 
Museum of Florida Art, Deland, FL, Exhibiter in the Biennial Six Show (2011-2012)  
1st Place " Flight of Fantasy" at Artful Gifts, Ocala, FL (2011) 
Recpient of MCA Horse Fever Herd Horse, Ocala, FL (2011) 
Honorable Mention, Artful Gifts, 3-D Show, Ocala, FL (2011) 
1st Place, Ocala Art Group, "Flight of Fantasy" Ocala, FL, (2011) 
3rd Place, at Artful Gifts, "Saga: Every Picture Tells a Story", Ocala, FL (2011) 
Award of Merit, Deland Outdoor Art Festival, Deland, FL (2011)
2nd Place, Brick City Center for the Arts, "A different Point of View" Ocala, FL (2010)
2nd Place, Marion Cultural Alliance, Origions Show, Ocala, FL (2010)
2nd Place, Visual Art Society, Ocala, FL (2009)
2nd Place, Fine Arts on Broadway, Ocala, FL (2009) 
Honorable Mention , Winter Park Autumn Art Festival (2007)  
Spotlight on Talent (Fine Art on the Broadway), Ocala (2006)
Award of Merit, Fiesta in the Park, Orlando (2006)
Teacher of the Year (art), Lake Weir Middle School (2002)
Award of Honor (acrylic painting), Ocala Art Festival (2001)
Third Place (acrylic painting), The Ocala Art Group (2001)
Sun-Sentinel, April 11, 2015, Delray Affair art show,  
The Apopka Chief, April 5th, 2013, Bar raised for artists at Apopka festival 
Orlando Sentinal,36th Annual Leesburg Art Festival, March 6, 2013
Lake Sumter Style Magizine, Featured Artist at the 36th Annual Leesburg Art Festival 
Orlando Sentinal, Nude Nite Orlando, February 15, 2013
Ocala's Good Life, Nov/Dec 2011, "Horses Fever II", (Secrets andHighlights of the New Herd.)
Citrus County Chronical, Nov. 6, 2011, "Festival of the Arts" 
Ocala Star Banner, Sept. 29, 2011, "They're Back" (Horse Fever II: Meet the New Breed) 
The Daytona Beach News-Journal, March 27, 2011 " Artist Paints at Deland Art Festival." 
Ocala Star Banner, May 17, 2008, Webber Center Spotlights diverse local Art" 
The LAKE Magazine, May 2008, Vol. 11, Number 5, "Passionate Encounters, Alluring Sensuality, The Baroque Style oil Paintings of Lisa Russo" 
Summerfield Press, March 2, 2007, Vol. 1, Issue 30, “The art of worship, Church gets Creative”
The Daily Sun, February 27, 2007, “Deadline Masterpieces”
Fine Arts on the Broadway, October 2006, Volume 10, Number 8 “Spotlight on Talent”
Ocala Star Banner, Sunday, November 27, 2005, “A Place for Art.”
Ocala Star Banner, Saturday, April 13, 2002, “Eyes on Design; Students sending their Ideas for Florida Quarter Design.”
Ocala Star Banner, February 21, 2002, “Young Painters, Old Themes.”
Ocala Star Banner, May 23, 2001, “A work of Art; LWMS Students decorate walls.”
Ocala Star Banner, Monday, November 13, 2000, “Making Faces; New Software Aids Art Students at LWMS.”
Ocala Star Banner, December 31, 1999, “A Labor of Love.”
Ocala Star Banner, May 24, 1999, “Art and Motion.”
The Villages Edition, Daily Sun, Monday, December 14, 1998, “Art Students Paint Mural on Portable.”
Professional Affiliations: 
Secretary of the Ocala Art Group (2011- current)
Marion Cultural Alliance (2010 - current)
Visual Arts Society (2008 - current)
Fine Arts on the Broadway (2005-current)
Ocala Art Group (1997-current)
Member of the Appleton Museum (1997-current)
Member of the Brick City Center for the Arts (1997-current)
Member of the Marion Art Educators Association (1997-2004)
Vice President for Middle School Art Teachers (2001-2002)
Secretary of the Marion Art Educator Association (1998-2000)

Related Work Experiences: )
Workshop and demostration in oils for the Ocala Art Group at the Appleton Museum (2015) 
Organizer of events for the Fire Art show (2014)
Judge and organizer of events for the Heaven and Earth SArt Show (2014) 
Judge and adviser for H20 Art Show, Ocala Hilton, (2013)
Performance painting for the Dancing with the Doctors charity event (2013) 
Basket Weaving Workshop at Gallery East (2013) 
Figure Painting workshop at Brick City Center for the Arts (2012) 
Judge for Brick City Center for the Arts, Ocala, FL (2012) 
Judge and Advisor for the Silver toast to the Arts, art festival at the Appleton Museum, Ocala, FL (2012) 
Assisted in the realignment of the Marion County's Art Curriculumn in public schools (1997-2003)
Commisioned of one of the Marion Cultural Alliance Horse Fever Horses (Mask Herd Rade) (2011) 
Workshop on oil Painting, Ocala Art Group at the Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, FL (2011)
Performance Painting for the Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, FL (2010 & 2011))
Lecturer for Fine Arts on the Broadway (2006)
Art Professor, Barry University, Ocala, FL (2006)
Performance Art for Village View Community Church, Summerfield, FL (2001-current)
Judge for Marion County High School art and FAFO Show (1997-2004) 
Art Educator, Lake Weir Middle School (1997-2004)
Calligraphy Workshop for Educators, Lake Weir Middle School (1998)
Private instruction
Masterpiece replication
Mural painting and instruction
Set design
Previous Exhibitions: 
Cape Coral Rotary Art Festival, Cape Coral, FL
Mizner Museum of Art Festival, Boca Raton, FL 
Del Ray Art Festival, Del Ray, FL 
Vero Beach Art Festival, Vero Beach, FL 
Sun Coast Art Festival, Wesley Chapel, FL 
Savannah Art Festival, GA 
Halifax Art Festival, Daytona Beach FL
Deland Fall Art Festival, FL
Osceola Art Festival, Kisseemmee, FL
Art Under the Stars, Maitland, FL 
Lutz Art Festival, FL
Winter Springs Art Festival, FL
Lake Mary Art Festival, FL
Winter Garden Art Festival, FL
52nd Annual Apopka's Foliage and Fine Arts Festival, Apopka, FL 
Leesburg Art Festival, Leesburg, FL 
Disney's Festival of the Masters, Lake Buena Vista, FL 
Mayfaire by the Lake, Leesburg, FL 
Mount Dora Art Festival, Mount Dora, FL
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter  Park, FL 
Leesburg Art Festival, Leesburg, FL
Apopka Art and Foliage Festival, Apopka, FL
Lake Mary-Heathrow Festival of the Arts, Lake Mary, FL
Citrus County 40th Annual Festival of the Arts, Inverness, FL  
Beaux Art Festival Miami, FL 
Museum of Florida Art, Deland, FL 
Gainesville Art Festival, Gainesville, FL
Orlando Art and Living Expo, Orlando, FL
Maitland Festival of the Arts, Maitland, FL
Deland Outdoor Art Festival, Deland, FL 
Los Olas Art Festival, Ft Lauderdale, FL
Nude Nite Orlando, FL
Nude Nite Tampa, FL
Halifax Art Festival, Daytona Beach FL
Inverness Art Festival, Inverness, FL
Winter Park Art Festival
Sarasota Art Festival, Sarasota, FL
Fine Arts for Ocala, Ocala, FL
Fine Arts on Broadway, Ocala, FL
Fiesta in the Park, Orlando, FL
One man show, Bank of America, Ocala, FL
Studio Encanto, St. Petersburg, FL
Appleton Museum, Ocala, FL
Blessed Trinity Art Fair, Ocala, FL
Jasmine Fine Art Gallery, Ocala, FL
Ocala Art Festival, Ocala, FL
Appleton Museum, Ocala, FL
Gateway bank, Ocala, FL
Silver Springs Attraction, Ocala, FL 
Shands Hospital at University of FL (AGH Building, 7th floor), Gainesville, FL
Marion County Museum of Historical and Archaeology, Permanent Collection, (Colonial Wing), Ocala, FL
Village View Community Church, Summerfield, FL
Rejuvnir Vitality Spa, Boca Raton, FL
Chef's of Napoli, Wildwood and Ocala, FL 
St. Mark's the Evangelist Catholic Church, Summerfield,FL
Mrs. Judith Astor, Santos, FL
Mr. and Mrs. Greg Keif, Ocklawaha, FL
Ms. Lisa Dobbs, Ocala, FL
Mr and Mrs. William Nash, Summerfield, FL
Mrs. Alison Patrick, Belleview, FL
Dr. Sita Alvarado, Ocala, FL
Mr. and Mrs. Juan Munoz, Summerfield, FL 
Mr and Mrs Matthew Valdes, Orlando, FL
Mrs. Aida Procter, Summerfield, FL
Mr. and Mrs. George Whitmore, Dunnellon, FL
Ms. Madeline Rousseau, Ocala, FL
Brick City Center for the Arts, Ocala, FL



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