A while back we interviewed different artists that sell their wares at Belle’s Nest. Each individual has a story to tell and a journey traveled to get to where they are today…we thought it would be nice to bring back the “artist interview” in hopes to inspire and learn a bit more about our local artisans.
Meet Lisa A. Riley from Sierra Madre
Hanging Pieces of art by Lisa A. Riley
1. Tell me a little bit about yourself and your craft?
I’m a mixed media collage artist. I first started out as an oil painter, painting realistic floral paintings. I also have years of experience as a graphic designer, which heavily influences the pieces I’ve created. However, I most enjoy working as a mixed media artist, because it allows me the freedom to pull together different materials and experiment with the process.
2. What inspires you to create?
The thing that inspires me the most to create is wanting to see what unfolds from the process it self. I love surrendering to exploration without a plan or a map and watch it evolve on it’s own. I also enjoy the sense of presence that the creative process provides causing me to lose track of time. It also cultivates what seems to be an endless amount of mental and spiritual energy to create. I love exploring color combinations that are vibrant and exciting to look at as well as interesting textures. Also my love for inspiring quotes is also the motivation and inspiration for my pieces
3. How do you see your craft evolving over the next year or two?
I’m hoping to create more stand alone one-of-a-kind pieces and really having a substantial body of work completed.
4. What is your favorite aspect of being an artist?
I think creating and making things is in my blood. It’s a part of who I am. When I’m creating art, I feel aligned with my true and authentic self doing what I was meant to do. I feel as if I’m fully utilizing not only my skills, but my full potential. I could never imagine not creating art.
5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not creating?
Looking at other art and exploring the world for inspiration. I’m also a Creative Career Coach, so I enjoy helping other creative professionals and artists take their creativity to the next level and help them reach their creative potential in their careers.
6. Are there any tips you would like to share for someone who is considering turning their “hobby” into a business?
There is a lot of resources out there where you can learn the essentials to running a creative business, so it is very important to learn that aspect. I also recommend mastering those skills needed to get through times when you feel discouraged in order to keep staying true to your vision and keeping the creative momentum going. Don’t give up!
7. Any tips or suggestions on marketing yourself?
There are a million ways to market yourself now days and they all promise to be the magic bullet. The challenging part is knowing which ones works for you and the type of work you do. I recommend finding a few strategies that really work and stick with them consistently versus trying everything.