Lisa Birke paints traditional landscape and still life as a backdrop for line drawn characterizations of ordinary people stuck in tragic situations. Witty, humorous, and sometimes disturbing, she calls her work "eye candy with a hint of acid." Michael Scott, critic for the Vancouver Sun, writes "Birke paint(s) with all the trilling unself-conscious gusto of nightingales singing." Gary Michael Dault, critic for the Globe and Mail has written that her paintings "possess a crackling visual inventiveness supported by an almost disconcerting virtuosity with the brush."
Lisa Birke attended Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design where she was awarded full tuition scholarships for three consecutive years graduating with a B.A. in 1998 and a B.F.A. in 1999.