About the artist

Working with stone

Lisa Ruttan Wolff creates stylized organic sculptures primarily from alabaster, marble, soapstone, and limestone. She began stone carving by apprenticing with Barbara Rheingrover in Atlanta, Georgia from 1991-1993 and has since participated in numerous workshops including the Arrowmont School of Arts and the Bloomington Limestone Symposiums. As an artist in residence, she has taught stone sculpture for 6 years at Jefferson Middle School, Oak Ridge, Tennessee and has taught privately for 8 years. She has participated in several juried and invitational shows and her works are held in many private collections, nationwide. One of the highlights in Lisa’s career was creating “Cornucopia,” an eight-foot tall, Carrara marble sculpture commemorating the city of Norris’s 50th  anniversary (see the Cornucopia pictorial story for “in progress” photos and more information on this project). She is currently a member of Knoxville’s Arts and Culture Alliance, and maintains a home studio.

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Simple, Strong and Balanced

Lisa with CornucopiaMy art mentor, and good friend, constantly stressed three ideas:

Simple, Strong, and Balanced.

I have found these ideas essential in good art…..and good living.


Strong lines enhanced by others, not too many, understanding the strengths and letting them  dominate. Striving for focus in my life and not clutter.


The lines I see when I first view a new piece of work. The immediate impression/impact my actions make on others.


The natural….. unforced presence of the piece. The richness that the balance of family, friends, and art bring.


Lisa's StudioThis is my studio….it has served me well for over thirteen years. I have really enjoyed being in my own back yard – twenty eight steps from my back door to the studio door. Inside Lisa's StudioOf course, I have not been able to do the larger pieces here and that is why I am moving into a new studio about one mile from my house. The plans are for it to be finished by the end of the summer and I should be moved in and working no later then mid-fall of this year. It will be more then twice as big as my backyard studio and be 1 & 1/2 stories high. This will allow me to have a pulley system to lift big stones. I am really looking forward to having more room… and the ability to lift and turn the larger pieces as I work them. But… I think I will keep the little studio for finishing work and such, on smaller pieces. How could I ever give up being able to step out my back door… walk twenty eight steps… and be in such a special place.