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Lisa Trouf Encke

Lives & works in the Hudson Valley


Through line, color and brushwork, I am able to depict feelings that often cannot be put into words. Many of my paintings are “en plein air.” Painting outdoors invigorates me and my focus is on the quality of light on the subject matter influenced by the season, time of day and weather.  I enjoy the solitude and the sights and sounds of the outdoors. My goal while doing plein air work is to record my immediate and spontaneous response to the scene. I want someone to see and feel what I felt at that particular time; to convey to others my experience and love for a place. The transience of the scene – the challenge to capture the precise moment makes every painting unique. My most recent work also includes small, simple and meditative still life compositions. I also love the challenge of creating portraits to capture someone’s essence on the canvas. My preferred medium is oil paint as I enjoy the texture, rich color and flexibility that oil paint allows.


Bank Street College of Education/ Parson School of Design

Master of Education, Supervision and Administration with a Visual Arts Focus

Degree Conferred-July 1996


Montclair State University

Bachelor of Arts in Art Education

Degree Conferred – May 1990



Teacher of the Year, Archdiocese of Newark 2001

AENJ National Art Honor Society Sponsor Award 2020



National Art Education Association Conference

March, 2017

Presenter, Community Advocacy and Creative Leadership through the National Art Honor Society


National Art Education Association Conference

March, 2015

Presenter, Designing an Art Education Learning Environment

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