On The Edge

Sparks of Revival with Tom Phillips “Field Report” Emily Adams interviews Artist, Lisa Nelthropp

May 22, 2019

Primitive Historical Muralist and Faux Finishing Expert


 About Lisa Nelthropp:

Lisa Nelthropp, Primitive Muralist and Surface Designer, has been painting for over 25 years. Lisa paints historical and primitive paintings, portraits and murals from the 1800 and 19th century She has been featurd in such prestigious magazines as Yankee Magazine, New Hampshire Home Magazine, Early American Life Magazine and America's First Resort. She is certified and has extensive training in wood graining, marble, plaster, glazing, and the art of Trompe l'oeil, which she incorporates into her Murals, Fine Art and Primitive Portraits.


Lisa's mission statement is to preserve a part of our national heritage by painting in the styles of the early American itinerant limners. Through use of texture, perspective, the subtle harmony of color, and the play of light and shadow, Lisa creates timeless paintings murals and portraits for her national clients. Incorporating textures and finishes with passion, craftsmanship, and a quality of excellence while always keeping heritage techniques and workmanship within her historical interpertations.

Lisa has studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Surface Design and is schooled in the styles of Rufus Porter and The Hudson River Valley Painters. Her work has been featured in Yankee Magazine and N.H. Chronicle, and she has also been juried twice to be part of the Music Festival Showcase House (2002 and 2003).


  • Lisa Nelthropp with homeowners Edwin and Victoria Giron

  • Lisa Nelthropp - Muralist and Faux Finishing Expert

  • Lisa Nelthropp - In Action!

  • Lisa Nelthropp with homeowners Edwin and Victoria Giron

Lisa has one the highest award as a Traditional Artisan in the Directory of Traditional American Crafts in for the National Magazine Early American Life for 2011, and ranks top in her field. Recognized by experts and curators from such prestigious institutions as Colonial Williamsburg, Foundation, George Washington's Mount Vernon, Hancock Shaker Village, Kent State University, National Council on Historic Preservation, Old Sturbridge Village, Southern Highland Craft Guild, Strawberry Banke Museum, and Winterthur Museum. Lisa explains she is preserving traditional skills and craftsmanship which is a part of our American culture which is rapidly being lost in the digital age. Many of these skills were passed down from master to apprentice for hundreds of years but few new people choose to learn and master them.