Welcome to the third artist interview on miscellany!
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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!