Lis Semenoff

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABorn and raised in Toronto, Lis developed an appreciation for art from her parents who were avid collectors. She earned a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo, and continued her education at Ryerson University in Fine Arts and Fashion Design. Lis received her signature status from the Federation of Canadian Artists in 2011, and has won several awards. She has also completed numerous commissions, many of which have been graphite portraits of children.

Lis has lived in Warfield, BC since 1991, where, along with her love for painting, she enjoys kayaking, skiing, and quality time with her husband and two daughters.

“I began working in watercolour and graphite, but now primarily use acrylic paint. I find it has given me the freedom to apply colour in a much bolder way than I ever dared to before. I am fascinated  by reflections and the way a shadow wraps around, and envelops an object to create interesting patterns. My subject matter ranges from figurative to landscape, but I especially enjoy painting still life, all in a highly representational style.

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Selected Awards

  • 2012 FCA Third Prize for “Pepper, Pepper, Pepper, Salt”, West Kootenay Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists Juried Chapter Show, Castlegar, BC.
  • 2011 Juror’s Gold Award  for “Chillin’ with Jimmy & Don”, WKC of the FCA Juried Chapter Show, Trail, BC.
  • 2010 Juror’s Bronze Award for “Bumper Crop”,  WKC of the FCA Juried Show, Nelson BC.
  • 2009 Award of Excellence for “French Revolution”, Chapters Show, Federation of    Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC.
  • 2008    Juror’s Gold Best of Show Award, and Peoples’ Choice Award for “Sink or  Swim”, WKC of the FCA Juried    Chapter Show, Castlegar, BC.
  • Award of Excellence for “San Francisco’s Finest”, Landscapes Show, Federation of Canadian Artists,  Vancouver, BC.
  • Award of Excellence for “Vessels”, Red & Gold Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC.


French Revolution, Acrylic, 30 x 20

Vintage Reds.JPG

Vintage Reds, Acrylic, 30 x 20


Chillin’ with Jimmy and Don, Acrylic, 24 x 18


’99 Zin, Acrylic, 24 x 12


Vessels, Acrylic, 24 x 18

etta 300dpi art

Etta and the Blues, Acrylic, 24 x 18

Kayak Gear, Acrylic, 24 x 18

Kayak Gear, Acrylic, 24 x 18


Pepper, Pepper, Pepper, Salt, Acrylic, 18 x 24


Sink or Swim, Acrylic, 30 x 20


Surf at Pebble Beach, Acrylic, 24 x 18

Semenoff, Lis, San Francisco's Finest, 30 x 24, $900

San Francisco’s Finest, Acrylic, 30 x 24


Valhalla Provincial Park, Acrylic, 30 x 20











Trail Bridge, Acrylic, 16 x 12

Moraine Mountains

Moraine Mountains, Acrylic, 18 x 14











That’s An-Oeuf, Coloured Pencil, 6¾ x 8½


Spoon Me, Coloured Pencil, 9 x 19


tomatoes 300 dpi

Bumper Crop, Mixed Media on Toned Paper, 6 x 8


Enlightenment, Mixed Media on Toned Paper, 20 x 16