While other schoolgirls in Walworth, New York
listed a fresh career choice each week,
Lisa Bernardi Wolf knew her destiny at age five.
Artist. That was her dream. Her parents,
perhaps more pragmatic, suggested
Lisa works under the name LisaBdot. A nickname from childhood,
it comes from her first day of kindergarten when she came
home to tell her parents, "my name is Lisa Bee Dot."
Pointing out that she pre-dates the internet by decades,
Lisa says, "ahead of my time, as usual."
Ms Wolf and her husband, Joel, are parents of two terrific people,
Ariel and Ian. They share the earth-sheltered house they
designed and built in the woods near
Youngsville, North Carolina
with a very large cat.
The moment of revelation came for Lisa when she first
put her hands in clay for a pottery class. "I loved it," she said. Thus
ended a career in advertising and began a love affair with
the cool, moist substance that smells, to her, like the woods
she played in as a child.
Ms Wolf's work varies from subtle and powerful portraits
to irresistible whimsy. Much of her work is embellished with
leaves, feathers, even snakeskin and hidden quotes.
"I like the idea of unfolding - that the whole meaning
doesn't just plop in your lap."
After marriage and another move, Ms Wolf began her career,
winning awards with one of Raleigh, North Carolina's
top ad agencies. In her spare time she enjoyed playing with
different media, but never felt quite satisfied with the results.
she channel her talent and interest into a monthly
paycheck and convinced her to study graphic design.
The Bernardi family relocated to South Florida, where Lisa
graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
with a degree in Ad Design.
Roll your mouse over Ariel & Ian. Also Snit (the feline of unusual size).
The artist's mother wishes, at this time, to express her dismay
at the use of THAT particular photograph of her very handsome grandson.