North Ga. artist Lisa Pecore creates small and large scale paintings based on themes found in nature. In her work she looks at the connection of wild spaces, animal spirit and human spirit; the “here then gone again” nature, in metaphor and literal. Born 1969 in Wisconsin, a member of the Menominee Indian tribe – a tribe dedicated to protecting it’s forests through the practice of sustainable forestry; and raised in the deep south, ironically in one of the fastest growing areas in the country. The experience of the clear cutting of a beloved 200 acre tract of forest led to a 15 year search for forests that were protected, eventually landing in Blairsville next to the Mark Trail Wilderness for a transformative 10 year period that has informed the body of work she has now. She studied art over a lifetime via book, video and lecture, in particular the New York Art Students League teachers Robert Henri, John Carlson, Hans Hoffman, etc; and has over a decade of professional experience as mural painter and portrait artist. Lisa currently lives and paints in the mountains of Cherry Log, Ga., in a small cabin near the Cohutta Wilderness.