Lisa grew up in Canada. After graduating from her Nursing program, she had the opportunity to travel and live abroad. Having lived in Saudi Arabia, Texas, Maryland, Colorado, Oregon, Bocas del Toro, Panama and now New York, Lisa continues to enjoy diversity. Working as pediatric nurse, she has spent umpteen hours caring for and in the presence of children.
Whether watching a hospitalized young Saudi princess sit in wonder hearing “Cinderella” read to her for the first time, or seeing a small boy clutching “Curious George goes to the Hospital,” as he fell asleep the night before his surgery, Lisa experienced stories having a profound impact on children.
Lisa’s last nursing position was in Neonatal Intensive Care unit. Through generous donations each baby is given a book at their bedside, to be read to them by their loved ones. These tiny babies are extremely fragile, and sometimes the only contact a parent can have is to read to their baby. Watching the baby’s loved ones read softly to them and seeing the baby’s positive reactions through their vital signs on their monitor; there is no doubt in her mind of the healing effects of books.
It is no accident Lisa’s love for children, stories and making art recently converged and she picked up her pencil, paper and paints again.