Louise Warner grew up in the small ocean side town of Santa Barbara, California, an area rich in the history of its Spanish settlers. The daughter of renowned architect Jack Lionel Warner, she was constantly surrounded by what she has come to call “functional art” and early on she developed a fascination for the rich patinas, forms and romance of the stonework so readily available to her young eye.
She began her apprenticeship at the Santa Barbara Cloverleaf Stone Guild, under the guidance of Joseph Cleeman, where she designed and reproduced architectural sculptures. After attending Santa Barbara City College, she continued her studies at the University of Santa Barbara, as a member of their Fine Arts Department, studying faux finish and trompe l’ oeil, and rounded off her education with a sojourn at Santa Barbara Business college. In 2011, Louise attended Pratt School of Fine Arts in Seattle, and was honored to be a part of the advanced bronze team.
Louise Warner has been creating three dimensional sculpture and wall hangings for the past twenty years. She has shown her works on Maui where she lived for sixteen years. In this time she belonged to several galleries such as View Points Gallery on Maui, Maui Hands Gallery, Smile Gallery in San Francisco, and Delfine Gallery in Santa Barbara. Her most recent works, shell sconces, can be seen adorning the walls of the newly remolded Monterey Bay Country Club in California.
After several years on Whidbey Island Washington, where she was inspired daily by the beauty in the Pacific Northwest, Louise has returned to Santa Barbara where she is developing a whole new body of large scale work.