Lisa O’Dwyer is originally from rural southwestern Pennsylvania, but came to Fort Collins via Ireland and Japan after living 13 years abroad. Lisa met her my husband Niall (a social studies teacher at Fossil Ridge High School), a native of Tulla County Clare Ireland, teaching English in Japan. They lived in Ireland for 10 years and this is where their two boys were born (Rowan is a student at Boltz Middle School and a beginner violinist, and Gavin is at Kruse Elementary and a hopeful pianist or guitarist). Her family moved to Fort Collins in 2013. Lisa’s sister has been here since the mid-90s and her parents retired here in 2013.
Lisa majored in Art History and minored in Fine Art at Seton Hill College in Pennsylvania. She spent a wonderful study-abroad year in London and Florence and travelled that summer to 13 countries by Eurorail. She won a prestigious college internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and spent an interesting summer in Manhattan (living with a trustee’s daughter in their apartment at the Onassis Olympic Towers on 5th Ave next to St Patrick’s Cathedral).
The Met is where she became interested in Japanese Art and was encouraged to apply to the JET Programme to teach English in Japan. She lived in Japan in an ancient pottery town called Shigaraki, teaching English at the local high school for two years. In Ireland, she was a professional wedding photographer that was known for her use of medium format film. She loves going back to Ireland every year with her husband and kids to visit the O’Dwyer family and explore Ireland and Europe.
Lisa still photographs a limited number of wedding commissions and still specializes in medium format film photography. She is also a full-time realtor at Sellstate Crossroads Realty in Loveland. She thinks her people skills, and calm presence in happy but often stressful situations, are what makes her a successful photographer and real estate agent. After meeting a member of the OTHA community at a City Planning Academy, she was invited to apply to the Board. She is looking forward to working with the local arts community as a member, and also bringing the live music experience to her own family.