Lisa Louise Adams is a visual artist and art educator living in the beautiful rainforest of Volcano, Hawaii. She enjoys creating and teaching in a variety of media from paintings, prints, paper, and poetry to books, pottery, and quilts. Her inspiration is the beauty and mystery of nature. She is fascinated with color, line and texture in all media.

Lisa Louise is an award-winning artist who exhibits locally, nationally and internationally. Her work is featured in many publications, private and public collections including the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. In 2012 Lisa was invited and participated in the prestigious TR3 International Print Installation Residency on Oahu.

In addition to working in the studio, Lisa loves to teach art and help others access their creativity. Her vast teaching experience spans all grade levels up to adults.

Lisa Louise co-authored the Arts Toolkit, a grade level guide to the Arts for Hawaii’s elementary school teachers, and specializes in professional development for teachers as well as curriculum development. She is the highest-level Artistic Teaching Partner with the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts for Artist in the Schools residencies, and is a licensed and certified Hawaii Department of Education art teacher. In 2010 Lisa Louise completed her thesis on “The Importance of Arts in Education” and graduated with a Masters in Education from the University of Hawaii Hilo. She is also a trained Co-Active Life and Dreambuilder Coach. Lisa Louise believes the arts enrich everyone and help to nourish a thriving community. She hopes her art inspires you to observe Nature and Life and express what you see and feel.

Lisa Louise Adams


The artwork of Lisa Louise Adams is in many collections throughout the United States, including the permanent collections of:

  • Honolulu Museum of Art
  • The Honolulu Printmakers
  • The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
  • The White House Christmas Ornament Collection



  • Patchwork Quilt Tsushin, Tokyo, Japan
  • Hawaiian Quilt Calendar, Island Heritage
  • At the Cutting Edge, Contemporary Hawaiian Quilts as Art, by Linda Arthur, Island Heritage
  • Hawaiian Bird Ornaments for the White House Christmas Tree, Hawaii Island Journal
  • Review of the Honolulu Printmaker’s show, Honolulu Star-Bulletin
  • Garden View Appliqué, by Faye Labanaris,
  • American Quilters Society
  • Big Isle, Linekona Displays Eclectic Artistry, March
  • Contemporary Hawaiian Quilts, Hana Hou magazine
  • Kapa Kuiki Cards, Hawaiian Culture and Nature Quilt Deck, by Kahi Wight, Keauea
  • Papermaking with Hawaiian Plants, Islander magazine, Oct./Nov
  • Illustrations for Hawaii Blue, by Wayne Stier, Meru Publishing
‘Alala Wahine - bronze

Art Education Background

  • Art Teacher at Hilo High School, Hilo, Hawaii.
  • Via the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, I train artists for the new Artists in the Schools Program entitled “Artistic Teaching Partners.”
  • Art Resource teacher at The Volcano School of Arts and Sciences, teaching kindergarten through sixth graders the foundations of the Visual Arts.
  • I’ve been teaching adults how to make quilts, dolls, books and prints and how to use polymer clay at various locations on the Mainland and at Quilt Hawaii.
  • Through the Artist in the Schools program, I spent two weeks teaching 200 students at the Wailupe Valley Elementary School on Oahu how to make paper and handmade books. Their enthusiasm was contagious!
  • Taught two week-long “August Arts for Kids” programs at the Volcano Art Center, where 7-12 year olds made paper, prints, paintings, poetry, books and polymer clay creations.
  • Opened Spiral Triangle Studios, where I continue to teach children and adult pottery classes and occasional workshops on drawing, bookmaking and quilting.
  • Demonstrated bookmaking at the Hawaii Public Library in Honolulu and at the Mission Houses Museum, where I taught children how to sew their own books.
  • Helped set up the pottery facility at the Volcano Art Center’s Studio 82 where I taught and maintained an open pottery studio for the community and helped arrange workshops with visiting instructors.
  • Began teaching pottery to adults through the Department of Education at Konawaena High school in Kona.  I also taught pottery to children at the South Kona Educational Association.