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Art-Xscape Faculty Profile: Lynne Perrella

Lynne Perrella is a mixed media artist, author, and workshop instructor. Her interests in art include collage, mixed media painting, assemblage, one-of-a-kind books and art journals. She has written five books on mixed media, and makes regular contributions to paper arts publications. She is on the editorial advisory board of Somerset Studio Magazine. She hosts art workshops throughout the United States and abroad. For more information and inspiration, please visit www.LKPerrella.com

Lynne is teaching two classes for Art-Xscape 2014:  Radiant Icon Portraits and A Face in the Crowd.  There are only five spaces remaining in Lynne’s A Face in the Crowd Workshop at this time. 

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AnLiNa Designs:  Lynne, please describe your artistic journey.  Did you always know you wanted to be an artist?

Lynne:  I have been an artist since the age of five. Why “five”? My earliest memory of making art was transforming an empty appliance carton into a space ship. Probably not with a lot of success, but with a lot of enthusiasm. My goal is to get up every day and tackle whatever task is at hand with that same kind of childlike enthusiasm. So far, so good.

AnLiNa Designs: Are you a full-time artist?  When did you make the leap?

Lynne:  Art is my lifelong passion, and has been my sole career. After art school, I began as a fashion illustrator, transitioned into graphic design and corporate communications, had interesting diversions along the way designing packaging, needlepoint, posters, rubber stamps, and more. I have been self-employed for my entire career, except for a brief time as an art trainee when I first arrived in Manhattan in 1967. I eventually began devoting my time to keeping an art journal, and through this process, uncovered the Fine Art side of myself that had been simmering for decades. That is my next frontier.

AnLiNa Designs:  Describe your process for beginning a new piece.  Where do you find ideas?

Lynne:  Where do new ideas come from? Everywhere! My biggest stimulation is color. I might spy an interesting color in the corner of an envelope, in the form of a postage stamp. Or maybe I will drive past a huge field of yarrow, spread out under a cobalt sky. I keep big binders full of color inspiration in my studio. Not only is a wonderful “spare time” project, but it is a fool-proof source of inspiration. Try it! Buy the largest 3-ring binder you can find, and start gathering visual flotsam and jetsam, based on color. I can almost guarantee this will become one of your “go-to” fun studio projects. I never pre-plan a piece, and feel that lack of planning is my hallmark. It keeps the work fresh, and full of surprise. Juan Gris said “You are lost the moment you know the outcome.” I live for moments in my studio when a piece has taken a direction that I could have never planned for, and now it is my job to keep up with the merry-go-round.

AnLiNa Designs: Do you have a muse?

Lynne:  I would rather have a mentor than a muse. And luckily I have had a number of great mentors in my life. And am always on the look-out for more.

AnLiNa Designs:  Describe a day in your studio.

Lynne:  I go to the studio every day. Every day. Even weekends. I don’t go with a plan, I just GO. I always know that something good will come as a result of going to the studio. It doesn’t matter if I produce something amazing, or just putter. It is the act of going to the studio, and being faithful to that practice that matters. Few people realize that part of becoming an artist is establishing a work ethic. They think that art is play. But like all things of importance, art requires dedication and a strong sense of ethics.

AnLiNa Designs:  Do you have plans for your art in 2014?

Lynne:  I have just been notified that my request for a solo exhibit has been accepted. I have been doing some new/abstract work for the past two years, and this exhibit will give me the opportunity to show what I have been doing, outside my comfort zone.

AnLiNa Designs:  Congratulations!  Do you ever participate in collaborative art projects such as Round Robins? 

Lynne:  A few years ago, I invited a group of favorite artists from all over the country to come to the Northeast and see an amazing exhibit of Russian Icons. We also booked a studio space and worked together. We discovered that we really loved being together, so we continue to get together every year, in a different location. To provide some extra “glue” for the group, we sometimes do a collaboration on a topic that is mutually interesting. This year, our collaboration is on the topic of “Adornments”.

AnLiNa Designs:  Do you participate in a regular art gathering such as a critique group?

Lynne:  Although I love the process of gathering with like-minded artists, I am (at the heart of it) a solitary person. I love the solitude of my studio, and I feel that my time spent there alone is the key to making new personal discoveries. Someone once said that “talking about ideas uses up all the oxygen”; and I find that is true. Most of the time, the ideas I am thinking about are beyond words, and they can only be expressed in actions. I guess that is why I go to the studio: To find out how to express what is inside me.

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AnLiNa Designs:  What is your favorite part of teaching?

Lynne:  My favorite part of teaching is having the privilege to be part of a discovery process with a fellow artist. I love seeing the flash of curiosity or the excited body language of someone who has just made a major discovery; and I also appreciate seeing the searching curiosity of someone who is fearlessly finding their own answers. When I meet with a group of artists in a workshop, I feel that I am with my tribe. When I describe my workshops, I usually include the phrase “For Seekers and Adventurers” – To me, that phrase perfectly describes the artists who sign up for my workshop.

AnLiNa Designs:  Thanks so much Lynne!

To find out more about Lynne’s workshops, visit her Art-Xscape page.

Art-Xscape Faculty Profile: Stephanie Rubiano

Stephanie Jones Rubiano is a native Texan who graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M at Galveston with a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology. She worked as an environmental scientist for a major drilling company in Houston, TX for five years after that. She has now chosen art as her career path. She is a mixed-media artist who creates dimensional works within shadow boxes using a variety of uncommon objects.

Her love of nature and fascination with Victorian photography is apparent through her combination of antique photographs and real butterfly or moth wings collected from sustainable sources. Bits of vintage text illustrate her irreverence for straight-laced Victorian society and lend a whimsical air to her pieces. Stephanie’s inner science geek is assuaged by writing the scientific name of each butterfly or moth specimen on the back of the box next to her signature.

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Stephanie teaches workshops at national art retreats and has had work shown in galleries and boutiques across the United States. She is also an emerging artist on the art festival scene. In October of 2008 she participated in her first nationally-ranked art festival, the Bayou City Art Festival in Houston, TX and placed 2nd overall out of 300 national artists. Her work has graced the covers of magazines and books as well as been the subject of articles and how-to projects. She lives with her husband and daughter in Austin, TX and can be contacted through www.stephanierubiano.com.

I met Stephanie on a flight from Seattle to Austin in 2012 and talked with her about my idea to launch Art-Xscape.  She was very gracious with her thoughts and support and I’ve enjoyed getting to know Stephanie better, as I’ve been a collector of her work for a number of years, purchasing smaller pieces through the Austin holiday market scene at places such as Blue Genie’s Art Bazaar and the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.  I’m thrilled to have Stephanie teaching two workshops, Bodacious Butterfly Babes and Enviable Encaustic Panels, at the inaugural Art-Xscape!  To learn more about her workshops, visit her Art-Xscape page.  To see more of Stephanie’s work, visit her website.

AnLiNa Designs:  Stephanie, where did you start your artistic journey?  Did you always know you wanted to be an artist?

Stephanie:  My interest in art and creating goes back as far as I can remember.  I recall, in first grade, that I got in trouble for adding curlicues to all of my letters on a Halloween poem project I made for my mom.  It was a present, and I wanted it to look fancy!  I was always coloring (nothing like a new box of 64 crayons with a sharpener at the beginning of each school year!), stitching or sculpting.  I participated in coloring contests whenever I came across them (and actually won prizes a few times!) and made gifts rather than purchasing them.  I LOVED my sewing classes in junior high school.  Then when I turned 15, I discovered marine aquariums and my career goals shifted from art to marine biology.  I carried that right brain/left brain dichotomy up through my senior year in high school where I was enrolled in Art IV Honors and Biology II Honors!

AnLiNa Designs:  I know you are a full time artist now.  When did you make the leap from part-time to full-time?

Stephanie:  I did work for my parents full-time when I moved back to Austin 6 1/2 years ago, participating in juried art festivals and teaching art workshops on the side.  It was a huge moment for me when my mom took me aside one day and told me that she and my dad could see how much my art meant to me and that I should try to do it full-time with their blessing.  That was three years ago and I haven’t looked back. I definitely work harder than I ever have, but my soul is very happy.  My mom always said you should do things that feed your soul. 

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AnLiNa Designs:  It’s wonderful that you have found your calling.  It definitely shows in your work.  Describe how you start a new piece.  Where do you find your inspiration?

Stephanie:  I receive my inspiration from the myriad of antique photos I collect, along with the bits and pieces of antique objects that I find in my wanderings through antique stores.  I honestly never know if it will be a photo or object that will trigger an idea.  Many times i cut out lots of photos, then start laying out my boxes, adding and subtracting as i go until the final arrangement speaks to me and lets me know it is complete.  Some assemblages can happen in minutes, others take months as I wait for them to guide me.  I never go in with an exact idea of how something will turn out in the end.  That would ruin the surprise for me!

AnLiNa Designs:  Do you have a muse?

Stephanie:  I can’t really say that I have a particular muse because so much appeals to me and inspires me.  I am always on the lookout, though…

AnLiNa Designs:  I attended your first open studio event in your home studio this winter.  I have to say, your studio is INCREDIBLE!  I can’t imagine not being inspired there.  Describe a day in your studio.

Stephanie:  My day starts with getting my 9 year old daughter ready and off to school, then checking emails, Facebook, and then a little (or a lot of time!) on Pinterest.  I have downloaded a lot of music to my computer (a very eclectic collection, I might add!) and it plays all day long.  I have to have music on while I am working.  These days I don’t have a lot of time for creative play since I need to make inventory for art festivals and galleries, but on those days I do get to play, I wander around my studio room, picking and choosing items that I want to work with in my assemblages.  I don’t really work in my studio room anymore…it has become a place for all of my “stuff”.  When people walk into that room for the first time, they either think it is a magical place…or they want to call that show “Hoarders” and report me!   On the days that I get to work with encaustic wax (which I do on my stove in my kitchen!), I just wake up happy because it is such a wonderful medium to play with. 

AnLiNa Designs:  You’ve had a big year in 2013, getting juried into the Bayou City Arts Festival. How do you follow that up in 2014?

Stephanie:  I think in 2014 I will still make my butterfly boxes and such, but I would like to explore more with textiles and encaustics.  I have several ideas that I have been carrying around in my head for a while now.  I am also working on marketing merchandise with my artwork on it and planning some online courses…as soon as I can figure out how to video everything and edit it.  I am not the most tech savvy person around…

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AnLiNa Designs:  Do you participate in collaborative projects such as Round Robins?

Stephanie:  I have participated in collaborative projects in the past, but don’t really do them any more.  However, I did participate in a Christmas Ornament Swap in 2013 that was a lot of fun!  I was invited to participate and agreed because it seemed like a pretty nifty thing to end up with 5 fun ornaments! 

AnLiNa Designs:  Do you participate in a regular art gathering, crit group, or other face to face meeting for the purpose of discussing art or creating it?

Stephanie:  I don’t participate in a regular art group gathering…that would be fun…

AnLiNa Designs:  What is your favorite part of teaching?

Stephanie:  My favorite part of teaching is the interaction with my students.  I come to the table with information to share and they throw it right back to me with their unique ideas on the project.  I love the creative energy that manifests during these times and the camaraderie that develops.  Some of my best friends were students in my workshops and I am forever grateful for that opportunity to have found them.

AnLiNa Designs:  Thanks Stephanie! 

Stephanie’s teaching two workshops at Art-Xscape 2014:  Bodacious Butterfly Babes and Enviable Encaustic Panels. 

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Art-Xscape Faculty Profile: Pamela Huntington

Pamela Huntington is a mixed media artist with a background in fiber arts.  As her interests grew,  the Connecticut Studio in her home expanded to encompass most of the first floor of her home.  Encaustics in the kitchen, art journals and customs books on a big table in the main room, fiber arts in a sewing room and digital arts transformed from old images and photographs in the study.  She collects vintage and antique pieces, loves to try new techniques and incorporate them into her designs.  Her publications credits include, Belle Armoire, Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studio, and Somerset Gallery.  She has taught at Art Fest, Art Unraveled, Art-is-You, Art and Soul and Paper Cowgirl.  Her work is in galleries, shops and juried shows.  When not working she is likely to be outside on her 15 acres with her dog.. enjoying the inspiration of the woodland.

Pamela Huntingon is teaching two classes for Art-Xscape 2014: Tattered and Frayed Album and Spun Cotton Ornaments.  You can see the information on Pamela’s class on her Art-Xscape page.  You can see more of Pamela’s work on her website.

AnLiNa Designs:  Hi Pamela!  I’m so happy to have you on the faculty for Art-Xscape 2014!  Tell me, where did you start your artistic journey?  Did you always know you wanted to be an artist?

Pamela: I don’t really remember a time in my life when I did not create some form or art. Certainly, it has changed over the years as more mediums and new techniques were learned. But the basic desire or need to create has always been with me. 

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Even as a young child, I spent time sewing, drawing, painting and trying all different types of art. But, no I did not know that I would be an “artist”.  My career took many different paths, from working as a journalist for newspapers to writing for advertising agencies. Over these years, I kept making art, but it was not my main career until later.

AnLiNa Designs:  Are you a full time artist?  When did you make the leap?

Pamela:  My full time art career began about 13 years ago, when some changes in my life allowed me the freedom to pursue the thing which has always mean the most to me.

AnLiNa Designs:  Describe your process for starting a new piece.  Do you know before you start exactly how the piece will turn out?

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Pamela:  Most of my work begins with a concept.  I work in the studio in my home, which allows me a lot of flexibility on when I choose to work and how long. Once I have the idea in mind, I choose the sub straight or container I want for the piece. I love using specimen boxes for work, pulling collected objects, paper, tiny dresses and old books from the shelves..the piece begins to develop. I never finish a piece in one day, leaving it over night or even for days while I ponder the design. Often it will change many times before the final creation.

AnLiNa Designs:  Describe a day in your studio.

Pamela:  A day in my studio can be glorious or torture… if all is flowing well.. creating will flow and time will pass, an hour will seem like seconds. On the other hand.. there are some days..when I have to slog through the work and it just does not come easily. On those days, I usually leave the studio and do some digital work.

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AnLiNa Designs:  Do you have plans for your art in 2014?

Pamela: 2014.. my plans are to create some new work, I love doing gallery pieces and seldom have the time to make these bigger works.. so that would be nice. I have a DVD out and would love to work toward a book and another DVD.

AnLiNa Designs:  Do you participate in collaborative projects such as Round Robins?

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Pamela:  I do very occasionally do round robins… but often I do one-on-one swaps..which is my preference.

AnLiNa Designs:  Do you participate in a regular art gathering, crit group, or other face to face meeting for the purpose of discussing art or creating it?

Pamela: I talk to artist friends almost daily, but none live in a proximity where we can get together and talk face to face.. it would be nice though!

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AnLiNa Designs:  What is your favorite part of teaching?

Pamela:  My absolute favorite part of teaching is being with the student artists.. they teach me so much and I am grateful for each time I am with them.

AnLiNa Designs:  Thanks Pamela!

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Art-Xscape Faculty Profile: Cathy Taylor

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I’m very pleased to have Cathy Taylor teaching at the inaugural Art-Xscape retreat!  Cathy is an award-winning mixed-media artist and popular workshop instructor. Her water media artwork is a celebration of the patterns, textures, and color found in the the environment. Cathy is known for her ability to interpret a subject in a variety of styles. From her colorful detailed alphabetical designs including the Florida “Shell-A-Bet”, to her whimsical collages and multi-dimensional abstracts, Cathy’s work is represented in museums, nature centers and private collections throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Some of Cathy’s work is licensed for use on clothing, textiles, and gift items. Her work was represented by a licensing agent in New York City who secured rights for a fine art print of a collage which was distributed nationwide.

A popular workshop instructor, Cathy has been teaching since 1995.  Past workshop venues include BIG Arts, Sanibel Fl.; Traverse City Art Center, MI; JC Campbell Folk School, NC.; Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, NC., Create Retreats and Art and Soul Retreats.

Cathy’s collages were juried into the National Collage Society’s annual exhibition in 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Her articles, “Anthologies”, “The Nature of Art”, “Rethink Alcohol Ink” and “Creative Spirits” were featured in Cloth, Paper, Scissors art magazine.

  Her work was juried into the International Society of Experimental Artists annual show in 2008, 2011,2012 and 2013.

Cathy is teaching three classes at Art-Xscape 2014:  Ink-a-licious, Magical Monoprints, and Mystic paper.  You can find more information on all three on Cathy’s page.

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AnLiNa Designs: Cathy, tell me a bit about your artistic journey.  Where did you start?  Did you always know you wanted to be an artist?

Cathy:   All my life, I had connected with art.  I did some pottery, weaving, painting; but only in short bursts since….”You can’t make a living doing art,” “art is only a hobby,” “there are much more important things to accomplish,” “there are so many good artists I can’t compete,” “my laundry is dirty”. I was great at negative self talk; all the reasons why not.  I ignored my authentic self and continued to search for my way to achieve greatness. I began to read books on living an authentic life, on the laws of attraction, abundance, believing in oneself.  I sought the advice of a counselor.  I found that in my headlong dash to achieve success, I had forgotten who I was and what I really loved.  An intuitive counselor asked, “What have you always dreamed of doing?”  I wanted to be an artist, I answered.  Then you must do it, she said.

That night I put on some lovely quiet music, lit a scented candle, poured a crystal glass of “too expensive to enjoy myself” wine and got out a sheet of pretty rice paper and a purple pen.  And I wrote, “ MY WONDERFUL LIFE NOW INCLUDES: And I made a list.

My home, my family, my friends, my health, my finances, my relationships, my career, my travel; everything well defined and in the present tense as if everything I was writing was already a reality.  Then I folded the paper, put it into a little treasure box, blew out the candle, and went to bed.

That was the early 1990’s.

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AnLiNa Designs:  Are you a full time artist now?  When did you make the leap?

Cathy: In 1995 I worked full time retail, taught at the local arts center, did outdoor weekend shows, and belonged to a co-op gallery. I had no vacations, no spare money, but I was establishing myself in the art world. As my workshops expanded and I was able to show my work in more galleries, I was able to leave the day job!

AnLiNa Designs: Describe your process for starting a new piece?  Do you know before you start exactly how the piece will turn out?

Cathy: I collect interesting things that fill my studio. Swatches of cool fabrics, driftwood, skeleton leaves, watch parts, old books, sea shells..even a paper wasp nest, minus wasps. The shapes, textures and designs of these things inspire me. As an artist, i see things in an intense and curious way. This leads me to want to translate how I see things and express the feelings they evoke.

A quote by Picasso sums it up. “I start with an idea, then it becomes something else.”

I am constantly thinking What IF? I like to tell my students that this has lead to only one evacuation of my studio.  I love to try new things, or use products in a new way. Purposeful play; process not product motivate me.

AnLiNa Designs: What has been your favorite new product or process in the last year and what did you like about it? 

Cathy:  I love alcohol inks. They are highly unpredictable, richly colorful, and extremely versatile.

AnLiNa Designs:  Have you ever tried something that didn’t work?  What did you do next?

Cathy:  In the process of creating, the final product is not always what I had envisioned. I really don’t look at these pieces as failures, but just learning exercises. Generally I put these pieces aside. After some time, through working on other pieces, I learn new ways to approach the unfinished piece. I have forgotten who said, a painting is never finished, it just stops in interesting places.

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AnLiNa Designs:  Do you have a muse?

Cathy: Elle the wonder doodle and her sidekick Gracie May the Schnoodle are my studio muses.

AnLiNa Designs: Describe a day in your studio for me.

Cathy: Latte, check. iPod, check. Elle and Gracie May with chew bones, check.  Mini Trampoline for loosening up, check.  Joyful creating until lunch.  Break and walk in the woods. Repeat.

AnLiNa Designs:  Sounds wonderful?  What do you have on your iPod, music or podcasts?  I have both, but studio time is devoted to music.  My current favorites are the newest TV on the Radio CD and Florence Welch’s “Lungs”.  What is your favorite piece to listen to right now?

Cathy:  I play music mostly new age background or world music.  Sometimes old folk like Joni Mitchell.

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AnLiNa Designs:  Do you have plans for your art in 2014?

Cathy: I love love love teaching workshops and I have a full schedule this year. I also plan to contact a couple REALLY BIG galleries with my portfolio..YIKES!!

AnLiNa Designs: You’ve had your work in juried exhibits and in shows and the co-op gallery. What feels different about approaching a big gallery?  You’ve taken some huge leaps – including the initial re-evaluation of your life and the choice to go for it with your art, does knowing that you metaphorically jumped off the cliff and thrived (with lots of hard work, sweat and tears) help you in this process with the galleries?

Cathy:  Each exhibit, show or gallery is another step.  I have worked with a long term plan in mind…a series of steps leading to the next level.  I have achieved my signature status in the National Collage Society and the International Society of Experimental Artists which took about 10 years.

I have published some magazine articles. I now feel that I have the credentials to take the next step which is to approach larger, more well know galleries.

The big step I took in my life was realizing that I had the choice to do what I wanted. Sure, each choice comes with consequences, but if you truly want to achieve something, you have the power to do that.

I operate on a series of affirmations which I actually write down IN THE PRESENT TENSE as if the dream is already a reality.  The dream, in this case becoming a  REAL artist  comes to be.

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AnLiNa Designs: Do you participate in collaborative projects such as Round Robins?

Cathy:  When working on art, I work solo.  I play with others when I teach.

AnLiNa Designs:  Do you participate in a regular art gathering, crit group, or other face to face meeting for the purpose of discussing art or creating it?

Cathy:  I belong to several art organizations which do some critiquing along with sharing techniques. There are quite a few online as well.

AnLiNa Designs:  What advice would you give someone thinking of trying to start up or find such a group?

Cathy:  Get a couple art pals, a cozy space, some wine and go for it.

AnLiNa Designs:  Last, but not least, what is your favorite part of teaching?

Cathy: The AH HA moment when a student gets it, when they create something wonderful. And the hugs!

AnLiNa Designs:  Thanks so much Cathy!  I can’t wait to meet you in person in April at Art-Xscape!

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Meet the Art-Xscape 2014 Faculty: Lisa Renner

Please note: portions of this interview have been previously published as part of an All Dolls Are Art Interview in 2011 and 2012.

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I met Lisa Renner at an art doll retreat in New Mexico long enough ago that I can’t remember when it was!  But, once I got to know Lisa better, I realized I had seen her work published in a number of mixed media books.  She’s a prolific and talented artist in many media, but I know her best through her work in Polymer Clay.  Lisa is teaching two classes at Art-Xscape 2014:  Polymer Clay 2 Ways and Beautifully Exposed.  More information about Lisa is available on her website.  Her class information is available on her Art-Xscape page.

Lisa has been published most recently, along with Art-Xscape faculty member Stephanie Rubiano, in “iNCiTE Dreams Realized, The Best of Mixed Media” edited by Tonia Jenny.  It’s available from Amazon.

Lisa’s other publishing credits include “The Art of Paper Collage” by Susan Pickering Rothamel, “True Colors” published by Stampington, “Stampartistry” by Rice Freeman-Zachary, “The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery” by Karen Michel, and several books by Lynne Perrella, yet another Art-Xscape faculty member, including “Art Making: Collections and Obsessions” and “Collaborative Art Journals and Shared Visions in Mixed Media”.  Additionally, Lisa has has worked published in Somerset Studio Magazine, Legacy Magazine, Belle Armoire, Art Doll Quarterly, and Polymer Café.

AnLiNa Designs: Hi Lisa! Please tell me how you got started in your artistic adventures. Did you take art classes as a child or in college?

Lisa: I did art on my own when I was little and all through high school. I did extra credit in school by drawing. I did a report my Junior year on old cowboys. As extra credit for that report, I drew pictures of those cowboys, 5 of them from a book. I did all 5 of them one night on notebook paper and turned it in and got an excellent grade! I did game projects, making my brothers puzzle books, with connect the dots and puzzles, and put them together to keep my brothers busy in the summer. I was always making something artistic, but I didn’t take any art classes. I don’t why I didn’t because I loved art. I did start taking classes as an adult when I had more free time and decided what I really loved. I made bread dough ornaments to sell when I was in my 20’s. So that’s how I started doing little 3-d things. I did take classical guitar lessons for a year in college. I got really good, being able to sight-read and loved it, but didn’t have time to do it then. I still say I will pick it up one day.

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AnLiNa Designs: You manage to produce a lot of work given that you also work full time, so tell me a bit about your schedule and how you stay so organized.

Lisa: When I have a deadline looming, I focus on that project to the exclusion of everything else. I don’t work on Friday for my day job, so I’ll literally start first thing Friday morning and will work straight through the weekend. I have a truly supportive husband who is very respectful of my time and what I’d like to do. He’s very self-sufficient and does what he needs to do, and lets me do what I need to do. I do have my Mom over every two weeks or so and try to work that out ahead of time so I can work my projects out and focus on my Mom when she’s here. It makes a big difference having that 3-day weekend. I get up at 4:30 or 5:00 in the morning, because I’m a morning person, and get so much accomplished in the quiet of the early morning that it’s not so important that I don’t get much done in the evening.

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AnLiNa Designs:  Tell me a bit about the various projects you’ve worked on.

Lisa: I do projects with Lynne (Lynne Perrella). I’ve done a round robin with her and Pamela (Gypsy Pamela) called Figuratively Speaking where we made Santos Dolls (editor: Lisa gave a wonderful presentation on Santos Dolls that were created as part of this swap at All Dolls Are Art 2012.). I love doing these swaps because they are very interesting. I’ve also done a Tarot card deck swap with Red Dog Scott. My card was the Magician.

AnLiNa Designs: Who is Red Dog Scott?

Lisa: She hosted the Capalon swap for several years. Red did this Capalon swap based on Nick Bantock’s Sabine and Griffin. You make something and mail it to Red. If you make 10, you’d get 10 things back. She’s done these themed card deck swaps. I’ve got 10 or more decks of cards. They’re little pieces of art that are so cool!

AnLiNa Designs: How do you get involved in these?

Lisa: Red has a master list of people who’ve been doing these things forever and ever. Even when I can’t participate, I always tell her to keep me on her list because I just love participating!

For the Tarot Deck, it was a Steam punk theme. She sent out a mass email and people signed up. Generally, if there’s a specific card you want, you ask and first come first served. If you don’t ask for a card she’ll assign you one. I mount my decks, sometimes in a book format. I’ve always loved these decks. I get a whole list of specs and the number of copies I need to make. You make one original and then make quality copies, Red swaps them all and you get back a whole deck. Some people laminate them. I usually mount them on card stock and put a decorative backing on them unless I bind them.

I love paper arts and book arts. One of the classes I’ll be teaching at Art-Xscape is a book binding class where you take a bunch of painter papers and leather binding. I love painting. I enjoy teaching. I spend a lot of time coming up with classes and class designs. If I see something really cool, I figure out how to make something a class. If I am going to make it a class, before I announce it, I make sure I can get 20 of whatever components I think I will need. I can’t work on something randomly. “Can you teach on such and such?” “No, I need to know exactly what I’m doing to teach and will have everything I will need”. I like to be very prepared. I’m a very prepared person. I like to go in the classroom the night before and set up so I’m not rushed to setup before classes. I do not want there to be chaos for the students. I can feel chaotic inside, but the students shouldn’t see that because they are paying money for their workshop. They should come in and learn, get a project and a hand-out and a good feeling they can go home and duplicate what they made. They can go home and feel happy and not stressed or worried.

AnLiNa Designs: Where do you find inspiration?

Lisa:   I get my ideas from all around me:   imagery in movies, pictures in magazines, on walks finding things on the ground, from dreams.   Since I have more ideas than time, I try to sketch them in a book so I can remember them.

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AnLiNa Designs:  How many projects do you work on at once?

Lisa:  I usually have several projects going at one time:  When I am preparing for workshops, my free time is more limited so I try and make the best of it.   The easiest way for me to work is to set aside the time, get out more materials and supplies than I think I could possibly need, and just start playing.  If I have a plethora of materials in front of me,  then inspiration usually follows.

AnLiNa Designs:  What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Lisa:  The part of teaching I enjoy the most is the sharing between teacher and student.  It is such a pleasure to me, for students take information received in class and put their own originality into it, ultimately coming out with something they are proud of.   I am constantly in awe of the process, and feel privileged to be able to learn as much from them as they learn from me.

More information on Lisa’s classes, Polymer Clay 2 Ways and Beautifully Exposed, can be found on her Art-Xscape page.  Browse www.art-xscape.com or visit our Facebook page to learn more!