Lise Kristensen was born Lise Gronn-Nielsen in Java, Indonesia 1934, of Norwegian parents. During the Second World War, she and her family were held for over two years in Japanese prisoner-of-war camps.
After the war they moved to Norway. She was educated in Norway and Germany before qualifying and working as a secretary and then a gymnastics teacher. She went on to study art and became a painter, exhibiting and selling her work in Europe, the USA and Japan. She now lives in Spain with her husband.