First Friday, Featuring Bob Thomas, Lisa Mozzini-McDill & Brenda Buffalin

Join us for wine, hors d'oeuvres, friendship & fine art! Charity to benefit Soroptimists Rim of the World for Breast Cancer Awareness. 


Lisa Mozzini-McDill Bio

Creating artwork that is realistic but loose, expressive as well as meaningful is an ongoing endeavor. What I think about when painting is emphasizing an exciting play of light and shadow, an interesting composition, and enhancing a scene that evokes a deeper meaning or emotion in me. It is my intent that this depth and emotion I feel will also be communicated and resonates with the viewer.

Lisa graduated from San Diego State University with Honors, Distinction in Art and a BA in Graphic Communications. She worked as a graphic artist, illustrator, and portrait artist for over 10 years in San Diego. Lisa has continued her education with workshops by Elizabeth Tolley, John Budicin, Ken Auster, Michael Obermeyer and Joseph Todorovitch. Today she works primarily in oil on plein air landscapes, larger studio work and commissioned portraits. In addition to teaching in her studio and at Parkhurst Galleries, Inc., she demonstrates for various art groups and gives workshops. She has been published in Orange County's Best magazine and was featured in the artist's spotlight of The Press-Enterprise, July 14, 2008. Lisa is an Artist Member in California Art Club and a signature member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.


From Bob Thomas' Bio: My love of nature and the mountains was first nurtured at a young age on family camping trips. As a boy, I loved being surrounded by the quietude of the woods. Time spent hiking, swimming, attending to the camp fires and interacting with animals are fond memories of my childhood experiences. That lifelong love of the outdoors led to the purchase of my home in Lake Arrowhead. It soon became my goal to bring elements of nature indoors as a focus of my home’s décor.

Much like the way Manzanita branches are transformed by this process, my work with wood has been the most recent reinvention in my life. The first occurred when I decided to pursue a career in elementary education. The degree I had earned in Industrial Technology did not meet the requirements. I returned to school, received the appropriate credential, and that turn of events led to 35 fulfilling years as a teacher and administrator before retiring in 2010. That retirement gave me the opportunity to change, once again, and pursue creative endeavors that had been dormant during my working years.

This latest change of events has been an exciting journey. It is my desire to continue to decorate my home with nature’s gifts and to share my latest passion of woodworking with others.