There are plenty of things that make Anna Maria Island beautiful. Of course, guests and locals alike can admire the breathtaking Gulf of Mexico around every corner, or they can head to any of the local nature preserves to get a glimpse of some wildlife that calls this area home. However, a local artist spent all of 2020 working to bring even more beauty to this area.
During your next stay in one of our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals, head to the mainland to Bradenton to learn more about Liza DiFranza and her incredible mission to craft a new painting every day during the 2020 pandemic.
About Liza DiFranza
Lisa DiFranza originally hails from New York City, where she fell in love with artwork after watching her dad sketch scenes inspired by their neighborhood. Over the years, she has worked in theaters in Maine, Chicago, New York, and Iowa, and she has taught in various high schools and was on the production faculty of the Juilliard School Drama Division. Lisa currently lives in downtown Bradenton and continues to create breathtaking pieces inspired by the world around her.
Lisa’s artwork is primarily inspired by the world around her. Pieces such as “Manatee River Mysteries” and “Daylight, Manatee River” are directly inspired by the beautiful conditions of the Bradenton area. Lisa’s work can also reflect her moods or the overall landscape of the world around us.
In early 2020, the coronavirus pandemic impacted the entire world, and Lisa was no exception. Unfortunately, she lost her job in the wake of the pandemic, but she didn’t want the prospect of quarantine to halt her creativity. Quite the opposite! She chose to use her newfound free time to begin a daily painting project, reflecting her everyday surroundings, thoughts and dreams throughout the year, and the developing political landscape in America.
Plan Your Stay
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Where Can You See Her Art?
Lisa DiFranza is widely considered one of the most talented Bradenton, FL artists, but you don’t even have to be in the area to view her artwork! You can see her work in her online gallery on her website, lisadifranza.com. Of course, while you’re in Anna Maria Island, you might as well come and meet Lisa and see her artwork for yourself!
Lisa’s work is on display in the MARA Art Studio + Gallery in the Sarasota area. There are also samples of her work located within the Cottonmouth Southern Soul Food Kitchen. If you want to see work from even more local artists, don’t miss a trip to the Village of the Arts in Bradenton, Florida. This incredible community offers breathtaking artwork and specialty shops, bakeries, yoga studios, and more. It’s one attraction you definitely won’t want to miss!
Book an Anna Maria Island Rental
If you’re looking for things to do in Bradenton, be sure to come and speak with Lisa for yourself. She’s an incredibly talented artist and has a story worth hearing! After you’ve finished up in Bradenton, come back to one of our Anna Maria Island rentals and relax for the evening. You can enjoy your very own vacation rental on Anna Maria Island to give you plenty of privacy and space to relax.