Lisa McCleary

Lisa McCleary

Lisa McCleary completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Lisa McCleary has been making art for as long as she can remember. Even as a small child, while others were playing kids’ soccer, she attended art camps.

On the brink of graduation from high school, Lisa considered – for a fleeting moment – the possibility of enrolling in business and law at university in Ireland. However a night of self-reflection told her this would not be a good fit so instead she chose a fine arts portfolio course at TAFE and has never looked back. Five years later, Lisa’s painting and drawing skills have made her a standout student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts at UNSW Art & Design. She has received the UNSW Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement and has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Jenny Birt Award for Painting Excellence.

After thinking about the unique experience of studying in a creative field, Lisa had this to say, “Studying art is not about what you read in a textbook, or cram for the night before, it is all about personal development, finding your unique voice and sharing it with others. There is no right or wrong in art, although techniques can be taught, it focuses more on passion and drive. There is a huge sense of community in creative degrees; we are all here for the same reason”.