Lisa Jane Covert
Dallas artist Lisa Jane Covert passed away on February 1, 2022 in Dallas, Texas after a short illness.
Lisa was born on December 24, 1955 in Greencastle, Indiana. She, along with her four sisters, was raised in Terre Haute, Indiana. Lisa was a gifted artist throughout her entire life. She won many local and regional prizes and was featured in several newspaper articles even before she attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Indiana State University in painting and drawing.
Before embracing her art as a full-time endeavor, Lisa’s professional career included work as a fashion illustrator, both in Indiana as well as at Nieman Marcus in Dallas. She had a variety of positions as a graphics artist including Creative Director at Centex Homes.
Lisa fell in love with and later married Patrick O’Halloran in Dallas in 2002. They had met in 1985, but it took them 11 years to begin dating. They complimented each other well: Lisa was the artist, and Patrick was the scientist. Together they travelled the world (Paris, Rome, South America, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand) and sailed the seas, taking several bareboat sailboat trips in the Caribbean. They loved to travel and explore new cultures.
Lisa loved preparing for and hosting large parties. She would open up her apartment or house to 30 or more people for at least six parties every year, including her famous Mardi Gras parties. She, along with several friends, would hand craft dozens of masks each year for the guests to take. Years later, these masks are still displayed in prominent places in our friends’ homes.
She put in many hours of volunteer work as the President of both the Craft Guild of Dallas and the Dallas Area Fiber Artists. Her dedication and professionalism brought both of those groups to prominence. She led by example and showed others the potential of themselves and their group.
Her work as an artist took off in the 2000s as she experimented with fabrics and dyeing, felting, bookbinding, box making, and other media. She was proud of her abstract expressionism and attention to detail. Her favorite phrase was to describe something as a “color experience.” In 2017 she had a one-woman show at the Butterfly Garden at Fair Park in Dallas showcasing 28 hand-dyed, manipulated, and framed paintings inspired by rivers and oceans. Her artwork was featured in many shows around Dallas, and her talent was recognized with many awards. You can check out some of her work here: lisacovertdesigns.com.
Lisa was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Jane Covert. She is survived by her husband Patrick O’Halloran, as well as her four sisters: Stephanie Williams of Walland, Tennessee, Sue Fortier and her husband Larry of Carmel, Indiana, Hether Miles, of Fishers, Indiana, and Jill Royal and her husband John of Wylie, Texas, as well as a number of wonderful nieces and nephews.
Mostly, Lisa was a rare warm and caring person who was quick with a smile and reached out to help those around her. She lived her life, including the last few weeks, focused on the well-being of others. At her request, a memorial will be held later in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Dallas Area Fiber Artists (dallasfiberartists.org) or simply call a loved one or be kind to a stranger today.
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