About Lisa Golem...
The RAWc Studio is owned and operated by artist, Lisa Golem in Kitchener, ON. Having founded The RAW Creativity Network in 2001, Lisa has rebranded the business as RAWc Studio with a focus on providing entry level art-making experiences, mentorship programs and community arts events.
Lisa loves life, loves art and loves people. She has spent her life learning to let go and trust her own creative intuition while also developing the necessary skill sets to bring her creative vision into reality. She believes you need both: skill-development & the ability to access the state of 'flow'. Having worked on these elements herself for many years, her passion is in providing creativity coaching and teaching in the arts and sharing what she has learned with enthusiastic & eager students ages 15 and older.
Lisa Golem's artistic journey began as experimentation… where once in a while “glorious accidents” happened while experiencing a childlike freedom with the materials. Growing up with a musician Father and an artist Mother, she learned early the value of creating and expressing. With more instruction in the form of University courses, multiple workshops and gallery courses over the last 30 years, her artistic process has become more intentional while at the same time retaining it’s spontaneous and kinetic flavour.
Acrylic and multi-media pieces form the body of Lisa's work. However, she also dabbles in water colour and photography, as well as the creation of functional objects such as lamps and candle-holders. She produces some more 'representational' work, though abstract will always be her first love. Lisa has a distinct preference for strong, vibrant colour palettes with a high level of contrast as this is closer to her nature than soft, muted colours. Highly textured surfaces, embedded objects and unusual grounds are also commonly found in her collections. As for subject matter, Lisa likes to allow the canvas to evolve in an organic way that is driven more by the subconscious mind, revealing content, meaning and mystery as it takes form.
Lisa's academic training takes the form of Psychotherapy and Creativity Coaching. She has now retired from her career as a professional therapist. Life keeps steering her back to the love of the act of creating, as well as inspiring others to pursue their creative dreams in her role as a Creativity Coach. She founded 'The RAW Creativity Network' in 2002 to promote lifelong creative growth through encouragement, coaching & opportunity for artists, musicians and writers in her community. The RAW Creativity Network ceased operations in 2015 as Lisa become a licensee/ business franchise owner for Cocktails n' Canvas--a Canadian company that teaches art in restaurants as a fun, creative and social way to introduce the love of art to beginners. In 2018, 'RAWc Studio' was born as both a 'sip & paint' service and an art studio.
Lisa was an active member of the "KW Society of Artists" 2007--20014, having served as secretary and Vice President and exhibited her work in approximately 12 gallery shows. She has also curated small exhibitions and art markets for fundraising events as the Director of The RAW Creativity Network. She has been a member of ARTSpay (a professional arts organization in Waterloo) since 2017. Her art is sold in boutiques and local art markets, and adorns the walls of various community businesses. In a recent development, Lisa is now adding another arm to her art instruction business, "Paint & Prayz" -- assisting church congregations or other faith organizations to establish a visual arts ministry. Anticipated launch, spring 2020.
Her love of the arts doesn't stop there... Lisa is in the process of writing her first novel, and has also written poetry, song lyrics and music. She has been a musician since the age of 12, and has performed in many cover bands playing keyboards and singing. She has been involved in church worship teams for 30 years. Lisa is also the Co-ordinator for the Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter of the Song-Writers Association of Canada.
An avid believer in the power of community and shared creative energy, Lisa has led many collaborative groups, open studios, workshops and interactive arts events for the past 20 years, and has hosted events and workshops as a part of the “Culture Days” yearly arts festival. She also developed and hosted a live art competition/game, "Cut-Throat Creating" which happens every Sept as part of 'Belmont Village Bestival', an art & music festival in Kitchener, ON.
Lisa remains passionate about exploring the infinite possibilities of the creative process and the transformative power of the arts on both an individual level and within her local community.