JERRI LISK was born into a life of Paint brushes pencils and paper. With ocean and desert in her veins, her world grew rich with color, her eye ready to fasten the most impossible blue to a hillside, or to find the strongest form to represent the shape of a tree. A student under painter Frank Holda, she later studied in London at the Leonard Pardon school of Specialty Design. Where she taught walls to become chameleons and whispered fluently the language of texture, material, surface, and hue. Jerri now sets out into deserts, up craggy limber pine ridge-tops and down into dry river desert canyons, capturing in pen the stark forms of trees hills and valley bottoms. Later she illuminates her line. Unfolding three-dimensional worlds within her paper, filling each with intense color and depth of light, on the surface of Aluminum. Her small series and large works are represented by the Capitol Contemporary Gallery in Boise ID and the Peterson Contemporary Art in Bend OR.
MARK LISK has long roamed the deserts, mountains and river canyons of the American west by foot. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photographic Arts, Mark climbs from the sea to high ridges and plains, gathering within his camera worlds of color and expanse that few ever see or capture in any form. From dry curls of patterned lake bottom to the tiniest brilliant lichen set before a vast line of granite peaks, Mark’s foregrounds set him apart. His work fits whole universes of wilderness into single frames under-glass. Mark has recently re-discovered his passion for the black and white image. His strong sense of composition, complements black and white tones giving the viewer a sense of isolation, alone in a wide sweeping landscape. Mark’s photographs stand alone within seven books, Idaho Impressions (1997); Salmon River Country (2005); Desert Water (2005); Idaho-Portrait of a State (2007); Owyhee Canyon Lands (2008); Owyhee Canyonlands - An Outdoor Adventure Guide (2013); Sawtooth White Cloud (2016); Idaho-The Gem State (2019); and Arizona-The Grand Canyon State (2020). Mark is represented in Boise Idaho by the Capitol Contemporary Gallery.