Alisa Looney, Metal Sculptor & Enamelist


Best known for her award winning outdoor sculptures, Alisa Looney has exhibited in the U.S. and Canada. Her work is in a multitude of private and public collections, including Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, WA, and several U.S. cities in the Northwestern states of Oregon, Idaho and Washington. She expresses her ideas through sculpture, dance, painting and enameling in her Portland, OR, Studio. At the age of four, Alisa began drawing and building with clay and sand on the banks of the Spokane River, in Northern Idaho. The movement of the river is still present in her work today. She fell in love with metal arts as a silver smith in her early years, received her BFA in Design from Boise State University in 1983 and began welding in 1998. Alisa returned to Idaho in 2010 to study with enamellist and BSU Professor Emeritus, John Killmaster, which has allowed her to merge sculpture design and narrative enamels into what she considers her most precious work to date.

Areas of Expertise

I shape and fabricate metal into open, energetic form, portraying movement and the expression of life. Each sculptural piece is plasma or laser cut from steel, bronze or stainless, then sanded, hammered and TIG welded. For works in human form, a colorful powder coated finish adds a bold statement and symbolic meaning. For other works, I often leave the metal in its natural color, add patina, paint, or finish with colorful layers of kiln-fired porcelain enamel (glass).

Professional Affiliations

ISC – International Sculpture Center

The Enamelist Society
Dedicated the the Art of Enameling

Pacific Northwest Sculptors

Grains of Glass
An open studio for enamel artists worldwide

Books by Alisa Looney, Metal Sculptor & Enamelist