About Lisa Bryan

Lisa Bryan began her venture Wildreach in 1993 when she began producing a village guide to actually and artistically reflect the “Bohemian” character of Carmel-by-the-Sea – which became the book “Sketches of Carmel” in 1997. It includes a brief history with paintings, journal pages, post cards and seven large fold-out maps of downtown Carmel- an original format, illustrating each building in watercolor. Following this came a variety of complex folding map/posters. Beginning in 2009 began the original series known as a fresh new concept of a way to portray Carmel-by-the-Sea – the “Carmel Treasure Map” – a pictorial guide which can be framed and is a souvenir to keep.

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Two artistic publications followed – Calendar books and a Carmel Centennial Puzzle each with colorful, illustrated history notes.

The potential Treasure Map of Old Monterey, Cannery Row, Fisherman’s Wharf and The Marine Sanctuary (to be featured showing under water and above water sea life) will be a large oil painting to become a pictorial guide and a gift amenity from the community for the enjoyment of millions of visitors who come to escape city turmoil to lose themselves in this very colorful place of many interests and activities surrounded by Nature’s forests, animals and the implacable, generous sea.

About Lisa

Lisa Bryan has been painting all her life. Growing up in Vancouver B.C she had a horse and being her muse, painted many equine studies. In her charming studio in Court of the Fountains she takes commissions to paint in oils or watercolors pets, horses, private homes, businesses, vineyards…whatever…

Lisa Bryan began her venture Wildreach in 1993 with her son, Ashley Bryan-Day, when she began producing a village guide to actually and artistically reflect the “bohemian” character of Carmel-by-the-Sea. This became the book Sketches of Carmel, which was published in 1997. It includes a brief history with paintings, journal pages, post cards and seven large fold-out maps of downtown Carmel – an original format, illustrating each building in watercolor. After publication, Lisa began creating a variety of complex folding maps and posters that began to attract a following. From this began the original series known as the Carmel Treasure Map, started in 2009 as a fresh new concept that created a unique way to portray Carmel-by-the-Sea. It’s a pictorial guide that’s designed to be framed as a souvenir to keep for both tourists and local residents alike.
Carmel maps and puzzles created by Sketches of Carmel is a small self-publishing enterprise formed by Lisa Bryan and son Ashley Bryan-Day in 1995. Lisa has painted and captured the local history and ambiance of the area and from her art merged, books, calendars, maps and puzzles.

Lisa has expressed with her art all the reasons people come to merge into the magic of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Frustrated with the any-town-USA local maps, she embarked on the mission of painting all of downtown Carmel and with help of her son, she learned the technical and graphic discipline of self-publishing. Working from photographs and life she describes in watercolors each block and environs which ultimately became what is now the Carmel Treasure Map.

Lisa has been painting all her life. Growing up in Vancouver B.C she had a horse and being her muse, painted many equine studies. In her charming studio in Court of the Fountains she takes commissions to paint in oils or watercolors pets, horses, private homes, businesses, vineyards…whatever…

Her love of Carmel culminated in many images, via commissions and her pictorial maps. The work became a detailed montage to be her third jigsaw puzzle of this little village nestled under old trees by the bay. “All Things Carmel” is the latest in the puzzle series and available now. Lisa’s artwork is also available as glicee prints which can be ordered in many size.
Lisa has captured the essence of Carmel’s character entirely with her paintings using both watercolors and oils. Her paintings, books, maps, note cards and jigsaw puzzles capture the narrative of what charms many into smile-inducing moments through these artistic creations that faithfully describe the village in all its intricate detail.