I see myself as a reporter and interpreter of human emotions - a visual reporter. In my drawings and paintings, I express a personal vision of a universe that is somewhat askew. My work focuses on psychological investigations and ruminations in a world I see as humorous, tragic, exquisite, frightening, bizarre, and mysterious. I am hypersensitive to my environment, and enjoy combining the deadly serious with the comically absurd. That is reflected in my use of vivid color and imagery, ambiguous space, and ironic titles. Through the process of giving form to my experience, I am able to understand and communicate aspects of life which express both personal and universal values. I am most gratified when my images and ideas seem well integrated, and I have used my art to seek meaning.
In 1971, after graduating with a B.F.A. from SUNY at Buffalo, Lisa Montag Brotman moved to Washington, D.C. where she attended the Corcoran School of Art, and received an M.F.A. from The George Washington University. She later taught at the Corcoran, and has lectured at The Kreeger Museum, and many area colleges and universities. Brotman has received two Individual Artist Awards in the Visual Arts from the Maryland State Arts Council. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and Europe, and in the Washington, D.C. area, including: The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Katzen American University Museum, St. Mary's College, The George Washington University, Maryland Art Place, The Washington Project for the Arts, Arlington Arts Center, group exhibitions, five solo shows at Gallery K, and a mid-career retrospective at The Maryland Arts Place. Her work has been written about and favorably reviewed in such publications as Art in America, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and Washingtonian Magazine.