Lisa Shimko enjoyed her childhood in York County, Pennsylvania collecting rocks and exploring the terrain of forests and farms. Colors, forms, and textures from nature and the simple designs of Pennsylvania German folk art infused the foundation of her artistic aesthetic. In 1994, she earned a BFA in Painting with a minor in Art Therapy from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Since 2000 Lisa has called South Carolina home, from the low country of Charleston to the foothills of Greenville. All the varying terrains and cultures intermingle in her paintings.