Continuing on with Sunday Artist Interviews – many are lined up, so keep checking back – here’s Lisa to tell you a little about herself and her work…
First of all, who are you?
Thank you for having me Emily, it’s lovely to get a chance to talk about my art and inspiration. I live in Wymondham, Norfolk and I’m a teacher (of creative writing and Taekwondo, but not at the same time) and a writer (narrative non-fiction for children), as well as running my own art business and working in a local gallery in Norwich every so often. I have three daughters, two rabbits and a husband. In case it isn’t obvious, I like to keep busy.
My art business is named ‘Painted with Love by Lisa’ and it began as a little craft venture, but now I paint on all kinds of things from tiny pots to huge commissions on canvas. If you visit me and stand still for too long, you’ll get painted.
When you were asked (all those years ago!), “what do you want to be when you grow up?” What did you answer?
I wanted to be an astronaut, naturally. And I really wanted to be an author too. I couldn’t see any reason why these two careers wouldn’t work hand in hand. As it happens, I’m asthmatic and have poor eyesight, so the astronaut thing was unlikely to happen. Oh, and I’m terrified of flying, which could have proven a hindrance.
What is the funniest thing as an artist that has ever happened to you?
Once a lady phoned me up, saying that her daughter loved my work on Facebook and could she buy one of my paintings for her as a gift? She was a lady from an older generation and so she wanted to send a cheque. I waited for the cheque to arrive, then I cashed it and made sure the money had gone through, then I wrapped the painting (it was large) and boxed it up and sent it to the lady who was planning to give it to her daughter on her birthday. The birthday arrived and the lady drove to her daughter’s house and presented the painting to her, and she was delighted and so was the mother. The next day I discovered who the daughter was – a friend of mine I see every week.
This was the painting, named ‘Message in a Bottle.’
What is the hardest part of being creative?
The hardest part of being creative is self doubt. Some days everything you do looks rubbish. Sometimes you can’t believe anyone would want your paintings on their wall. Some days everyone else can paint more beautifully than you can. On those days I look back at past successes and tell myself that I can do it, but maybe not today.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Don’t try to paint like anyone else, find your own artistic voice.
What subjects inspire you?
I don’t know if it’s a subject as such, but emotions inspire me. I feel a compulsion to share my strong feelings with others, using colour and texture, light and movement. I see things in nature and I think ‘I want to recreate the essence of that,’ be it sunshine, the ocean, a forest or a meadow of flowers. I’m lucky that the Norfolk coast and countryside is a continuous source of inspiration.
Who are the 3 greatest living artists in your opinion? (they don’t have to be famous!)
I admire the work of Rachael Mia Allen, Donna Young and Kerri Blackman McCabe. These are all artists I follow on Facebook. Their paintings are uplifting and their use of colour and atmosphere never ceases to amaze me.
Who are the 3 greatest dead artists in your opinion?
Waterhouse, Turner and Monet.
What is your favourite work of art you have ever produced?
Such a difficult question! I think I’d have to pick ‘Sunshine Girl’.
What was the last piece of art you sold?
I sell little paintings, pots and prints all the time, but the last proper painting on canvas that I sold was Cola – an artist interpretation of how it looks under the microscope.
And finally… Because this is really important….
What’s the best type of cheese? (haha)
Can I choose four? Brie, smoked cheddar, mozzarella and halloumi. I love cheese. Never painted it though…..
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