Handmade Monday: Artistry by Lisa Marie

Welcome to the third artist interview on miscellany!

Orange cat with yarn original drawing ($50)
Orange cat with yarn original drawing ($50)

(1) Tell us about yourself: Where do you live? Currently I live in Rochester NY. But I have lived lots of places – including Florence Italy, Raleigh NC and Sedona AZ. Do you have a family or any pets? No, sadly my apartment does not allow pets. That partly why I love drawing them, it fills the void. What’s a typical day like for you? The usual routine is: get up at 5:20AM and workout, go to my full-time day job, go home eat dinner and work for about 5 hours on commissions and new original drawings. What is unique or special about you? Tough question – I make a mean spaghetti and meatballs…

(2) Tell us about what you create: What type of art do you do? Pencil portrait art is my bread and butter. Lately I do mostly animal drawings, but I also draw weddings, families and newborns. How did you get into this type? I’ve been drawing since before I could walk. I stopped for a while when I was getting my Masters in Art History in Florence. But when I returned to the states, I realized how much I missed drawings, so I started up again. How long have you been crafting? Professionally? I sold a few pieces piecemeal since high school. But really got into it about 4 years ago. Where do you get your inspiration? My customers! They always send me the best ideas. What makes your art stand out from others? It’s a mix of classic realism and artistic expression. The goal is to capture a moment or a feeling. Is this your full-time job or just a hobby? Not full time…yet.

Black horse print ($18)
Black horse print ($18)

(3) Tell us about your handmade art business: What is your shop’s name? Artistry by Lisa Marie. How did your business start? I realized how much I missed drawing after grad school and I needed something to re-inspire me. The business and my customers are great motivation.

(4) Tell us about your customers: Who is your target audience? Anyone who loves animals or drawing. What type of people do you consider when creating your art? That depends on the drawing. If it’s a commission, then I consider the customer who placed the order. If it’s a general ready-to-ship drawing, then I consider what my friends in general would like.

Fox and rabbit original ($50)
Fox and rabbit original drawing ($50)

(5) Tell us where we can find your art: Which websites do you sell your items on (artfire, etsy, personal shop, etc)? https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtistrybyLisaMarie Do you write a blog or run a website? Sure do! https://artistrybylisamarie.wordpress.com/ Can your products be found in any brick and mortar stores, markets, or bazaars? Occasionally, my original drawings are shown at local art galleries. But I am looking into placing my art at some local stores as well.

(6) Tell us about your support: Are you a member of a team or guild? Do your friends or family help you? Or do you work alone? My family has always been supportive of my art-addiction. They’re enablers. My boyfriend is also extremely supportive. He is always there to lend a hand, give constructive feedback or step back and give me the time I need to finish a drawing.

Black dog print ($10)
Black dog print ($10)

(7) Tell us about your favorites: What blogs or websites do you enjoy following? List some of your favorite artists and their shops. My all-time favorite shop is Cyan and Sepia by Melissa Hamilton! Love her designs! Which piece from your shop is your favorite and why? That depends on my mood; they each have a distinct personality that suits me at different times.

(8) Tell us anything else: What else would you like people to know? When looking for a pencil artist, for yourself or a loved one, make sure you check out things like the artist’s color preferences (every artist naturally leans towards a certain palette), style and ask for testimonials. Buying art is a new experience for a lot of people, but the important thing is to ask questions.  Any advice you’d like to offer other sellers? Take chances and have fun!

Child giving an apple to a lion, 5x7 print ($10)
Child giving an apple to a lion, 5×7 print ($10)

I really hope you’ve enjoyed the interview with Lisa! Please take a look at all the wonderful items in her shop and consider purchasing an original drawing or two!

Don’t forget to check back next Monday for my interview with Jenn from Jennaboo Boutique!

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