Trude Lisagor began painting in 1997 at the age of 46, a year after her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. She had experienced many significant losses including no longer being able to teach elementary school full time. So, she was ready for some gains. Trude was encouraged to try something new, something creative, and was attracted to watercolor.

She took lessons from wonderful Margaret Meade, a professional artist and master teacher from Caracas, Venezuela. Her weekly visits to Margaret's Northern Virginia basement studio changed her life. Margaret taught her to see the shapes that exist everywhere around us. According to Trude, "I began to observe what she hadn’t truly noticed before".

A few years ago (Trude and her husband moved to the island in 2004), she began to expand her personal boundaries even further by painting abstract images. She was drawn to an artist, Mike Biskup, whose watercolors were hanging in the Art Project, a local gallery. Instead of painting still lifes or scenes, he creates pieces using color, lines and shapes. Over the summer, Trude and her grandson attended one of his demonstrations and she was inspired. A few months later, she painted with Mike in his Port Townsend studio. With jazz playing in the background and non-judgmental conversation, she experienced a whole new way to have fun with painting which has continued to this day!


Once upon a time, Mike Lisagor was an aerospace and IT engineer, and then an industry executive.  He finally relinquished his suit and tie to start a consulting company, Celerity Works in 1999. Although now retired (from work), he is still one of the co-founders of GovFlex.com but spends most of his time writing, giving motivational presentations to high school students and sharing his wife and his 50+ year practice of Buddhism with members of other faith traditions especially as it relates to creating hope in trying times. Mike also plays harmonica and sing in a local blues band and creates graphic art from music and nature photos.

Mike's current project is a series of weekly articles called Prominent People & the Coronavirus (see the writing section) that has been appearing on Bainbridge Currents Online.

​Mike has written hundreds of magazine articles and blogs on a variety of business and Buddhist related topics. He is the author of Romancing the Buddha which he adapted into a successful one-man show at Bainbridge Performing Arts (it can be viewed on the speaking section). His nature photographs have appeared in the Boston Globe, Bainbridge Island Magazine, Living Buddhism as well as in several local galleries. His art project, Nature Reimagined, has appeared in the gallery of Bainbridge Performing Arts and is currently in the lobby of New Motion Physical Therapy. 

We have been together since 1969 and live on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest.