Lisa Corine von Koch, AKA The Baroness Elsa von, is an artist and educator, and is proud to have grown up in beautiful Moab, Utah, where she realized her passion for the land, color and light. She received her B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from the University of Utah in 2005, and her M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from Arizona State University in 2009. She currently teaches Drawing courses at Metropolitan State University and Red Rocks Community College. She served as Interim Professor of Drawing at Bloomsburg University from 2012-2013. She has taught courses in Drawing, Life Drawing, 2D and 3D Design and Color Theory at Arizona State University, Phoenix College and Mesa Community College. Her personal practice has expanded from painting and drawing to include sculpture, performance, installation and collaboration in the interest of incorporating ecological practices into art making.
Lisa has been an Invited Artist/Lecturer at Inner Mongolia University of Agriculture, College of Art Design in Hohhot, the People's Republic of China, and also at the Nisarga Independent PU College in Kollegal, Karnataka, India. Lisa is the recipient of fellowships to attend residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Her work has been included in the Arizona Biennial and been installed at the Phoenix Art Museum. She was the winner of the Artist Grant from the Contemporary Forum in Phoenix Arizona.
When not in the studio or the classroom, Lisa can be found practicing yoga and meditation, hooping, hiking, camping, backpacking, dancing in her garden or whipping up some crazy delicious vegan concoctions! She lives and thrives in Denver, Colorado.