About Lisa

Hi there! I’m Lisa Sonora. Thanks for stopping by my virtual studio.

It’s a little messy in here, but not as messy as my actual studio.

I’m an American artist and creative business consultant based in Oaxaca City, Mexico.

Folks often ask about the background in this photo: that’s one of my paintings, it’s eight feet tall.

For more than 20 years I’ve taught experiential workshops that tap into the healing and transformative powers of creative self-expression.

My book, The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real, is based on these workshops.

I’m as passionate about teaching and sharing what I’ve learned on this long, circuitous journey of making a living as an artist, as much as I am passionate about making my own art.

In that sense, I’m constantly learning, growing, and humbled by the the simple (not easy) act of confronting the blank page.

The blank page is a metaphor for life…whether you think of yourself as creative or not.

Following are a few facts about me and what you’ll find on this site.

What you’ll find on this site:

Inspiration + practical ideas for living more creatively and consciously. Awake at the wheel, driving along the road that inspires you. Lots of the roads I take are unpaved. My best journeys in life have been off-road all together. Both literally and metaphorically speaking. Wanna travel along?

I believe that each of of us is gifted with a particular genius. With the right tools, nurturing and practice, we can bring this gift from idea into fruition, so that it may of benefit to the people and causes we care about, as well as ourselves.

A few facts about me:

Visual Artist. In 2010-2012, I painted 1008 Paintings as a personal marathon. You can read more about that project on the Paintings page.

I’ve always combined the visual and the verbal in richly illustrated sketchbooks, or visual journals. My next book describes the process of visual journaling in detail, in a visual memoir titled, A Cartography of Higher Purpose.

Author of  The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real, (link takes you to Amazon) an award-winning book that has helped thousands to solve both the business and personal problems that are unique to emotional creatures and creatives.

Global Traveler. I’m inspired by wanderlust and passion to live life as a daring adventure. I take people on deeply creative journeys — both here and abroad.

My idea of an exceptionally good time includes things like being dropped off by helicopter in the wilderness and having to hike or snowshoe out.

I also love fancy resorts with spas and oceanside pools where I can sip a martini without getting sand in it. Especially if I’ve just hiked down from a mountain or something.

Digital nomad. Meaning that I live and work globally wherever I have Internet. Home base is Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico. Oaxaca is way far South in Mexico, close to the Guatemala border. Oaxaca is both a city and a state (like New York, NY), and is pronounced: Wa-Ha-Ka.

Artist Retreats & Residencies in Mexico


Oaxaca is ideal for artists in so many ways. I’ve created the space I always wished existed when I was visiting here. Come take a look at my artist’s retreat…

Connect & get in touch

You can find me on Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest.

Send me an email with this link.

You can also get posts and advance notice of discounts/special offers by email.

What informs my work:

Throughout my life, there have been a few consistent threads that I have pursued passionately, that keep weaving themselves into everything I do.

In no particular order they are:

  • creativity
  • writing
  • nature (the wilder the better)
  • green business & social justice (yes, I do hug trees)
  • heath + healing
  • consciousness (a.k.a. having a rich inner life)
  • independent global travel off the beaten path
  • living simply + minimalism

I’ve learned a lot in my explorations and experiments over the years, and still remain completely curious about – and fascinated by – the journey we humans are on to live the only life we can. Our own life. Not someone else’s version of it.

Thanks again for stopping by!

Lisa Sonora



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