Lisa Pleasants is a carrier for x-linked juvenile retinoschisis. She has a son, two brothers and a cousin with the disease. She has lived with this disease in her family for generations and knows firsthand that it’s not easy. However, it is also not a something that defines a person. She is a strong advocate for her family and all of those living with inherited retinal diseases (IRDs). She and another mom whose family has Choroideremia started MOMS for Sight in 2012 to raise funds for organizations like Foundation Fighting Blindness and to support families living with IRDs. The goal is to make sure no one feels alone in this journey and that they have all of the resources needed to lead successful lives. Her son is living his best life right now engaged to be married and in his dream job of aerospace engineering. The fact that he is legally blind is just a fact, not a determining factor. Although, for those that know him, they would tell you that his visual impairment has helped make him the strong person that he is today.
When Lisa’s not working her “real” day-to-day job, and not volunteering for FFB and MOMS for Sight, she is also an artist and a holistic nutrition consultant. She started a company called Pleasant Life, LLC because she strongly believes that everyone should be living their most pleasant life, and for her, that means to be immersed in good health, art, gardens and travel.
She uses her art as a way to relax and do something fun and when other people get enjoyment out of that, it makes it that much better. Her technique is mostly “flow art” and with flow art, you don’t have to be a perfect artist, you just have to mix the paints with mediums until they flow on the canvas the way you want them to. Sometime what you get is great and sometimes it’s a mess. So, it’s definitely a “go with the flow” type of process. The best part is if you don’t like it, you simply scrape it off and start over.
Lisa’s art is frequently on display at the Riverside Arts Market on the banks of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, FL and she hopes to expand to other locations as time allows.