Bright and bold – Interview with painter Lisa Simpson

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Lisa Simpson is the feature of this Spotlight artist interview – see more of Lisa’s art here!

Being an artist

Please give us a few words of introduction about yourself

I am a mum of 3 and love to paint Abstract Art in my spare time. Anything funky/quirky bright and unusual.

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What made you decide to take up art?

After moving house, I couldnt find anything wacky for my walls. After trailing numerous shops I decided the only way to get exactly what I wanted was to paint myself. So much interest was shown in my work that I decided to sell

What training did you have?

I did Art GCSE in school, but I love all things arty/crafty and like to add my own flair to my work. I am self taught really.

What has been your best creative achievement so far?

I love all my artwork, however I was thrilled to sell a huge painting to a gentleman in Australia who stumbled accross my website.

General Questions

What’s your favourite quote?

You are only here once, so make it happen

Who is your favourite artist?

I love Picasso’s quirky style. I have used him for inspiration on several of my paintings.

What are you aiming for?

I just want to make people happy and for my paintings to grace every home.

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How will you get there?

I have only recently started out but I sell through a couple of art sites and promote my artwork via social media and word of mouth.

Is anything holding you back?

Possibly just the knowledge of where to display my work and promote it. This is something I am working on at present.

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What sort of feedback to you get from people see your work?

WOW. Love it. Totally unique and very different. I display my work around my home and visitors always comment. Everyone I have sold to up to know has been thrilled. Even ordered more after first order arrived.

From start to finish, how long does it take for you to create your work?

It varies on size/style. Some paintings I can complete in a full day. Others take days/weeks.

What music do you like to listen to when you work?

I love anything relaxing. Classical music or occasionally a bit of Michael Buble.

What is next in the pipeline for you?

Just to keep painting, find new techniques and styles, and keep making people happy

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Being inspired by art

Who (living or dead) inspires you? and why?

My Aunt, Donna. She has parkinsons disease and shakes quite badly. She lives in Spain and recently took up painting at a local art class. She uses her ‘wrong’ hand to paint with as it has less tremor. Her artwork is fantastic and on her last visit home, she told me if its something your passionate about then just do it. So I did.

What feelings, subjects or concepts inspire you as an artist?

I love bright funky styles. Anything that comes into my head at the time. I particularly like wacky abstract faces with lots of blended colours and textures. I love music and musical themes and am working on some pieces at present.

What is your favourite work that you’ve produced so far and why?

I recently painted a huge canvas to display in my newly decorated Dining Room. It was simply beautiful and matched perfectly. Everyone commented on it. I added it to my collection on an art selling website. It sold withing 24 hours. Sadly my Dining Room wall is now bare but I was thrilled someone else could enjoy it as much as I did.

an artist’s advice

What do you think it takes to make a good an artist?

Originality. Something totally different. Someone who can paint a picture that cant be found in the shops, something totally unique.

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