Lisa Schumaier was born and raised in Alexandria, attended Alexandria City Public Schools and graduated from T. C. Williams High School. She Received her BFA from Radford University. She Worked for many years as a buyer, display person and manager at Why Not, a small independent toy and kids clothing store on King Street. She spent many hours as a teenager being mentored by Artist in the Torpedo Factory Art Center and helped all she could to get it off the ground in 1974. In 2003 She took a new career path as a full time artist and was juried into the Torpedo Factory in 2004. She has served for many years on the board of that organization and also enjoys volunteering with Alexandria tutoring Consortium helping kids learn to love reading.