Lisa Jane Covert

Dallas artist Lisa Jane Covert passed away on February 1, 2022 in Dallas, Texas after a short illness.

Lisa was born on December 24, 1955 in Greencastle, Indiana. She, along with her four sisters, was raised in Terre Haute, Indiana. Lisa was a gifted artist throughout her entire life. She won many local and regional prizes and was featured in several newspaper articles even before she attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Indiana State University in painting and drawing.

Before embracing her art as a full-time endeavor, Lisa’s professional career included work as a fashion illustrator, both in Indiana as well as at Nieman Marcus in Dallas. She had a variety of positions as a graphics artist including Creative Director at Centex Homes.

Lisa fell in love with and later married Patrick O’Halloran in Dallas in 2002. They had met in 1985, but it took them 11 years to begin dating. They complimented each other well: Lisa was the artist, and Patrick was the scientist. Together they travelled the world (Paris, Rome, South America, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand) and sailed the seas, taking several bareboat sailboat trips in the Caribbean. They loved to travel and explore new cultures.

Lisa loved preparing for and hosting large parties. She would open up her apartment or house to 30 or more people for at least six parties every year, including her famous Mardi Gras parties. She, along with several friends, would hand craft dozens of masks each year for the guests to take. Years later, these masks are still displayed in prominent places in our friends’ homes.

She put in many hours of volunteer work as the President of both the Craft Guild of Dallas and the Dallas Area Fiber Artists. Her dedication and professionalism brought both of those groups to prominence. She led by example and showed others the potential of themselves and their group.

Her work as an artist took off in the 2000s as she experimented with fabrics and dyeing, felting, bookbinding, box making, and other media. She was proud of her abstract expressionism and attention to detail. Her favorite phrase was to describe something as a “color experience.” In 2017 she had a one-woman show at the Butterfly Garden at Fair Park in Dallas showcasing 28 hand-dyed, manipulated, and framed paintings inspired by rivers and oceans. Her artwork was featured in many shows around Dallas, and her talent was recognized with many awards. You can check out some of her work here: lisacovertdesigns.com.

Lisa was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Jane Covert. She is survived by her husband Patrick O’Halloran, as well as her four sisters: Stephanie Williams of Walland, Tennessee, Sue Fortier and her husband Larry of Carmel, Indiana, Hether Miles, of Fishers, Indiana, and Jill Royal and her husband John of Wylie, Texas, as well as a number of wonderful nieces and nephews.

Mostly, Lisa was a rare warm and caring person who was quick with a smile and reached out to help those around her. She lived her life, including the last few weeks, focused on the well-being of others. At her request, a memorial will be held later in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Dallas Area Fiber Artists (dallasfiberartists.org) or simply call a loved one or be kind to a stranger today.

Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.
Arrangements under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
214-306-6700

17 replies on “Lisa Jane Covert”

Hether Miles says:

My heart is broken in so many ways!

Brenda McKinney says:

Lisa,
You will be missed. Thank you for reaching out and including me in your life. I appreciate all the things you taught me about dying fabrics. Being by my side as we navigated through leadership roles in the DAFA group. You were always there to lend a helping hand. May you rest in peace.

Patrick and family I pray for your peace and healing during this difficult time.

Lucy says:

Lisa was a diamond in every way, her multifaceted art talent made a difference in the hearts of so many. If I can be even half the friend Lisa was, my time on earth will not have been wasted. We love you Lisa

Anil Mahadev says:

Im gutted and so sorry for your Loss Patrick.

It was such a joy to have known Lisa with the limited time I spent with y’all.

Adeleye Adejokun says:

I met Lisa through her husband Patrick O’Halloran. My family and I attended a few of her Easter Egg hunt and Mardi Gras parties. Lisa was an easy going and very warm person. From the time we met her we have grown very fond of her and Patrick. My children loved her gentle and loving ways she shared her knowledge of Creative Art; I still remember her teaching us various ways to decorate Easter eggs.

Lisa, all the memories of you we hold dear. It’s been a privilege to have known you. We will miss you always.

Good-bye Dear Friend

Maria Crenshaw says:

Lisa was such a lovely person and talented artist. I feel lucky to have known her and will cherish her memory.

Pat Hilton says:

Lisa was my very dear friend for over 50 years. She was such a creative, talented, fearless, and generous person… that will live on in my heart and memory as an ongoing inspiration.
My deepest sympathies, in particular for Patrick and sister Sue; but really for all of us who knew and loved her.

Connie Akers says:

My deepest condolences to Patrick & all who loved Lisa. We moved from Dallas shortly after Lisa came to DAFA so we were not well acquainted. Because I maintained my membership in DAFA I was aware of her talents & how much she has meant over these years to the organization.

Denise Spillane says:

Patrick, this was a lovely write up honoring Lisa. She will be missed in so many ways. I always admired her skills and determination. So much talent an desire to help. I will never forget her talking about her project management plan for that huge shibori/indigo piece ! Sending love to you all. I am blessed to have known her and her works.

Donna says:

I never had the pleasure of meeting Lisa, but it is clear she was a talented, dignified, and caring woman. The shared memories with those she knew, and her art for those she did not, will live on forever. My heart goes out to Patrick and her family, sending much love and blessings to you all xx

Nicholas Miles says:

Aunt Lisa had such an elegant essence, and as a kid, I often bragged about visiting my “French” aunt to my friends (I’m not sure whether or not we’re of French blood lol). I’m proud of her, and I wish I was capable of getting in touch with her sense of fine art. I’ll never forget the beautiful memories we made, as a family, when we’d go to Six Flags every year. The Texas Giant was no match for us. When I remember Aunt Lisa, her joyful laughter comes to mind.

CarolE Kovacs says:

It’s very difficult to believe Lisa is no longer with us.I was happy to have worked with her
In DAFA and shared so many great projects
with such a fine artist and warm loving person! I am privileged to have a piece of her hand dyed art hanging on my wall to remember her . I miss her and pray for healing for Patrick and family .

Patrick Kunnen says:

For Patrick and Lisa’s family.
The world has lost a beautiful bright light.
May you rest with God and all those you love in a place where the sun never sets.
Be at peace.
Your classmate.
With love
Pat Kunnen / AAC Class 1978

Marc Stuart says:

Lisa was a true and generous friend. We all know how much she loved to entertain, and evenings with her and Patrick, and usually many others, were always great fun and sometimes magical. My wife, Terry, and I, party hardy as we are, were often the last ones to kick ourselves out of their house in the wee hours, after much animated conversation regarding cabbages and kings. And perhaps a wee tipple here and there. But beyond our close friendship there was, of course, Lisa’s boundless energy and talent. Her forms of expression were many and varied, from the creative party themes to her astonishing fabric art. Not content to merely create, Lisa eagerly took leadership positions in the art community. They will miss her dearly, but not as much as we will. Farewell, beloved friend!

Jim Masek says:

Dawn and I lost a best friend with Lisa. It seems so surreal since our lives were so intertwined with Lisa and Patrick. It’s bothered me so much because I realize Lisa was family and it hurts to lose family.
I’d known her for 40 years: from humble beginnings as a quick witted waitress through Nieman Marcus, defense work to working on and establishing her own art.

We both tested out our new prospective spouses at the Atlanta Olympics which lead to decades of traveling , late dinners and wine exploration.She did find the love of her life in Patrick and-she could not done better.

Lisa was such a warm and outgoing person. Always ready to lend a hand or an ear. I’ll miss her infectious laugh, her humor and her company.

Jim Masek says:

Dawn and I lost a best friend with Lisa. It seems so surreal since our lives were so intertwined with Lisa and Patrick. It’s bothered me so much because I realize Lisa was family and it hurts to lose family.
I’d known her for 40 years: from humble beginnings as a quick witted waitress through Nieman Marcus, defense work to working on and establishing her own art.

We both tested out our new prospective spouses at the Atlanta Olympics which lead to decades of traveling , late dinners and wine exploration. She did find the love of her life in Patrick and she could not have done better.

Lisa was such a warm and outgoing person. Always ready to lend a hand or an ear. I’ll miss her infectious laugh, her humor and her company.

Joe says:

Sorry for the huge loss in your life, Pat, and of course her family and friends. I remember only good things of Lisa from ye olde Seville days. Keep cherishing always…

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