Lisa Thoren grew up in Darien, Connecticut. She studied printmaking in Florence Italy, and graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA. Her career includes being an art director at Travel and Leisure Magazine and working as a creative director in the advertising business in New York City. While raising three children she began freelancing in Fairfield County designing print ads, logos and brochures. She taught art in the after school programs and became very active in the local Connecticut art scene.
Lisa founded a group of artists known as the Holly Pond Painters, who created four permanent murals in the Darien Nature Center’s classrooms and their paintings were exhibited at Sound Waters Museum in Stamford, CT.
Lisa Thoren was juried into the 65th Annual Art of the Northeast Show at Silvermine Arts Center in 2015, the Parsons School of Design Alumni Show in 2014 and 2013, Greenwich's Art Society and Flinn Gallery, New Canaan's Carriage Barn Spectrum show, and the Rowayton Art Center. She has been recognized winning prizes, including the National Fabir Birren color award and Best in Show at local competitions. Lisa has had three solo exhibits in galleries at Atria, Darien Nature Center, and the Darien Rowayton Bank. Her art hangs in the Stanford University Medical Center in California and the Greenwich Library's permanent collection in Connecticut. Thoren's art is sold in galleries and shops in Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Paintings by Lisa have been featured in Darien / New Canaan Magazine, Brooks Brothers, as well as the historical societies in Greenwich and Darien.
Lisa lives in Darien, CT with her husband Peter and their dog Bee. They have three grown children Laura, Lindsay and Tally. Lisa paints plein aire when traveling, and in her home studio on Holly Pond. Thoren serves on Darien Arts Center's board of directors, and was president for three years.