Pacific Art League Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

2015 Art of Science Show for the Stanford Materials Research Society.

via norsez

"Scientists have discovered that plants have at least 20 different senses, as opposed to our five basic senses, used to monitor complex conditions in their environment including such things as measure humidity, detect gravity, and sense electromagnetic fields. Plants are intelligent beings also deeply connected with us on a cellular level"


Forty Seven Trees in 18 months (April 2014).
This may mark the end of the Tree Series…..or, a new beginning of transformation and inspiration. It is hard work to push through passages of emotion, chisel at illusion, re-calibrate our inner compass. All creatives turn themselves inside out at some point and being the truth seekers that we are, we can stumble into humility. Today, I choose to embrace that which resonates from my heart. Resonance is all that matters. Then, bow my head with vulnerability and sweat the brilliant manifestation of the extraordinary.

Lissa Starnes


San Francisco Bay Area artist Lissa Starnes received her BFA from the Academy of Art University in 1986 and worked on her MFA at the Art Institute in 1987. Having studied with some notable Bay Area artists Manuel Neri, Nathan Oliveira, Howard Brodie, Thomas Marsh, and highly influenced by the Surrealists, her recent work reflects semi-surreal forms where the networking of plants and fungi may take on figurative and animal shapes. Her keen interest and research into the consciousness of trees has awakened her world to educate others about the shared intelligence and sentient nature of the plant and fungi kingdoms. Her goal is to enlighten the viewer with the networking that happens right underneath the soil and to bring awareness to the moral rights of plants to also include life, liberty, and bodily integrity. Deforestation, ocean acidification, and plant medicine are among the concerns and interests brought forth with her colorful paintings, vibrant pastel and pen, and manipulated mobile art photography.



Corporate Collections: 

 555 California, SF

Bank of America Building


Individual Collections:

Private Collection, San Francisco, CA

Private Collection, New York, NY

Private Collection, Los Angeles, CA

Private Collection, Mexico City

Private Collection, Palm Springs, CA

Private Collection, Newport Beach, CA

Private Collection, Atherton, CA

Private Collection, Menlo Park, CA

Private Collection, Miami, FL


Group shows:

 Academy of Art, Sutter Street Gallery, SF 1985, 1986, 1987

Yoko Hamuchi Residence, Lombard Street, SF 1987

Atherton Collection Gallery, Atherton, CA 1990, 1992

Sacred Heart, Atherton, CA 1993

Stanford University 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Pacific Art League Palo Alto, CA 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018


Solo Shows:

 Internal Idol, Laguna Beach, CA 1988, 1989

DV8, SF 1988, 1989