Lisa Conti, a lifelong native of central CT, is reawakening the artist within after a 22-year career as a middle school social studies teacher. Prior to her teaching career, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Connecticut. It was here that she was introduced to and fell in love with the art of photography. After graduating from UConn, Lisa was a freelance graphic designer, and then enjoyed a seven-year career as a visual merchandising manager and capital projects coordinator for G. Fox & Company. Lisa is presently merging her passion for nature and photography with her pen & ink design skills to create her artwork. She uses original photographs, often capturing images while on her travel adventures. She finds texture in these photos, and then incorporates pen & ink to add contrast and enhance those textural features. Lisa hopes to connect with her viewers by eliciting a positive mood or feeling through her photo art. Conti’s artwork is currently exhibited at Spectrum Gallery in Centerbrook, Connecticut.