How did your artistic journey start, Lisa?
My artistic journey started in childhood that then led me to Glasgow school of art as a mature student, where I felt ‘I had finally come home’. I left school to gain an apprenticeship in hairdressing and then had my own business before art-school. However, I knew that my goal was always to study, teach and develop my own art.
How did you arrive at the theme of your work?
I arrived at the theme of my work from the exploration of the sense of place and home. Thinking about how the feminine is as mother nature and the idea of how people are navigating a transient landscape that is our sense of place in our world.
Can you walk us through your creative process?
The creative process for me has been a combination of playing with media in sketch books and writing creatively developing poems and prose.
How has your practice changed over time?
Over time my practice has gone from large abstract landscapes to geometric shapes and mixed media and more recently the figures have developed in the paintings.
How do you overcome creative blocks?
I overcome creative blocks by taking getting together with other artist friends sharing sketchbooks in rotation. Allowing myself time to make mistakes and play with materials and explore ideas.
Who influences you? Which other artists work do you love?
I love the work of Katharina Grosse, a German Artist who works with colour, scale and how we see ourselves in ‘place’ produces work, using a spray gun creating vast areas of abstraction. Artist, Doris Salcedo a Columbian artist who creates work that I find extremely emotive, where it sometimes explores themes of loss. Phyllida Barlow a British artist who makes sculptures that sometime makes use of materials such as those found on building sites to create tension in the space of a gallery or outdoor as in the commission at Jupiter art land. Claire Tabouret a French artist who paints in large scale makes the relationship with figures become the most endearing compositions.
What advice would you give to artists who are just starting out?
Advice I would give to artist’s just starting out is to take action, set achievable goals and find personal successes in your journey that lead to the next creative idea.
Is there anything else you would like people to know about your work or your experiences as an artist?
Take yourself lightly through the heavy weight of your expectations.
See Lisa’s work at our Summer Show, running at Six Foot Gallery until 6th July 2023.