I currently reside in the Brainerd Lakes Area with my husband and 2 year old daughter, but grew up in Coon Rapids, MN. I was interested in and amused by the visual arts since I was a little girl and spent all my free time creating with any materials I could get my hands on! Through High School, I continued to take as many art courses as possible and chose to attend Bethel University post secondary earning a degree in K-12 Visual Arts Education. I taught art at the high school level for 5 years before getting married and relocating. I chose to no longer teach full time after having my daughter, and was extactic in finding an outlet to both crate and teach within the Traveling Art Pub! I am extremely passionate about the arts and love to work across many different medums, both two and three dimensional.
I am so blessed to have beautiful people around me. Among friends and family, I have 2 daughters. And for a shout out: I care about you all out there! You are so great. :)
And I look forward to all of what life has in store for me. Bring it!
I was born and raised in the Brainerd Lakes Area. I am married with 3 beautiful children (2 boys and 1 girl). Seeing the joy of learning is important in enjoying the colors of life everyday.
Mother- Daughter duo
SARAH STAWARSKI - daughter
I take pride in calling Minnesota home, but love my Colorado influence. Inspired by nature, travel, culture and lifestyle, I can best be described as a creative-wanderer. My life has been a mix of unexpected opportunity, allowing my passion for art and design to expand with every new experience! I enjoy art in all forms, acrylic, mixed media, photography, illustration - ALL ART!
LISA STAWARSKI - mother
I am a proud Mother of four, and a Grandmother to two! I may not be an "Artist" or a "Chef" but I love the arts, sampling new food and recipes and an occasional cocktail! I have worked with the Brainerd School District coordinating youth activities and school aged programs for 28 years and still love going to work everyday!
I love working with people of all ages, it's my goal to see people happy and enjoying life, taking positive risks and re-creating their creative side! As an avid outdoors woman, I'm usually found in the woods, on a lake or on the trails! I continue to explore new opportunities through the arts and recreational sports and look forward to creating new opportunities for our TAPPIES- young and old!
"Be Creative and Love What You Do" - Lisa & Sarah Stawarski
MEET THE TAP TEAM
G A L L E R Y
I was born in Rexburg, Idaho & raised most of my life here in central Minnesota where I grew up on a hobby farm & love animals along with nature which are my preferred subjects to paint!! I have always loved to draw when I was young and started painting in high school & received the honor of being Art student of the year for three years. I have always wanted to find my career path with my passion for sharing art. I am also married & have a son.
I've been a designer with more than a decade of diverse experience's within the design and marketing industries. I have a passion for my family and anything designed. I'm inspired by the creativity of my three little girls, being on any Minnesota lake and finding treasures hiding in basements and barns everywhere!
"To live a creative life, we must lose your fear of being wrong" - Joseph Chilton Pearce
The inspiration for my paintings are the things that God has put on this beautiful earth. I was born and raised enjoying camping, skiing and nature in New Hampshire. The mountains, trees, seashore and quaint New England towns continue to inspire me. Moving to the Mid-West with my family, I ended up in Brainerd, MN just before entering the 7th grade. Brainerd has been home base ever since. I have continued to take as many art classes as I could through out High School and then decided to pursue a career in Graphic Design. Next to my family, ART is my life and my love! I am married to a musically talented man named Dan Strong and have 3 beautiful children, Samantha, Zach and Ethan. Together we enjoy exploring the North Shore, camping, hiking and down hill skiing as a family! My camera is always in my pocket and is constantly clicking photos that I capture to use as references for my ART. My goal has always been to create paintings of the things I love, to leave behind for people to enjoy for years to come. I hope you enjoy my designs and nature inspired artworks as much as I have enjoyed creating them.