ARTIST'S PORTRAIT * LISA PORTER

ARTIST'S PORTRAIT * LISA PORTER

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I'd like to introduce a new friend of mine, the lovely Lisa Porter, who also happens to be a blogger and accomplished artist. Lisa took some time out of her busy schedule to share more about herself and her work, as well as send along a few samples of her exquisite watercolors.

"Annie"

What is your earliest memory of being involved in the creative process?
My earliest memory of wanting to explore watercolor was in 5th grade. I had a wonderful art teacher, Mrs. Ellis.
On a hot Arizona afternoon she invited our class to her home for a pool party. We arrived in swimsuits, only to find an empty pool without a drop of water. Always the teacher, Mrs. Ellis supplied us with brushes and watercolors and the freedom to paint whatever our little 5th grade hearts desired. Our palette was the inside of her pool.
She had always told us that it was ok to color outside the lines.

"Ashland"

Where are your roots and who influenced you most artistically?
I’m a native Texan, born in Lubbock and raised in Arizona. I’m an only child with a talented family history. My father and uncle were both wonderful designers and architects. When I was a teen, I remember sitting in my room for hours drawing floor plans for my very own, grown-up dream house.
My mother has always had classic style, sophistication, and a keen eye when it comes to fashion and interiors. My grandmother had beautiful taste and was a collector of fine antiques. I consider my desire to create and surround myself with beauty a gift from all of them.

"Sister"

"Collier"

Do you have a
favorite book?
My favorite book is "You Are Special" by Fred Rogers. I grew up watching Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood in the 60’s.
When my children were babies, we were living in southern California and I took them to his book signing in Newport Beach. They had no clue who he was but I was practically in tears when he greeted us. He extended his hand, was quiet and kind and spoke directly to my children. He told them, “You both are special, your mom knows it and now so do I.” This book is full of memories and wisdom for me as a child and as a parent.
I guess that’s why my favorite subjects are children. I like to paint what I know and am familiar with. It’s my way of acknowledging and preserving what is so important to me. I like to step back, and quietly, from a distance, capture what is close to their heart. Many of my pieces are simply glimpses into an everyday moment of a child.
The architect in me also enjoys painting the many layers of a beautiful home. I like to examine the medley of colors and texture found in wood, stone and lush gardens surrounding a residence.

"Pool"

What inspires you most as an artist?
My greatest joy is when I am approached by a client for a commission. I consider this to be both a privilege and a compliment.
Being an artist gives me a chance to look deep inside and remind myself that I have so much to be thankful for and so much to give back. Always mindful of my family’s needs, homeschooling two teenagers, managing a busy house with four different schedules, and maintaining the gardens is just one side of my busy life. Doing a watercolor brings my life to a quiet, calm pace. It gives me a chance to focus on only one thing. This is the healthy balance that I need which translates into wellness for me and my family.


"Hug"

Which artists have inspired you the most?
Many artists have inspired me over the years. Many of them are not widely known. When I was a college student in Austin Texas, I worked part-time for an artist by the name of Robin Roberts. Robin is well-know for her watercolors of the Texas hill country. I did all of her framing and on weekends assisted her with her shows. She became a close friend and mentor. As a bonus, she generously supplied me with paper, brushes and endless encouragement. She taught me how to use watercolor. I have one of her pieces hanging in my home in Lexington.
My uncle was also a fabulous artist. He never knew how much I was influenced by his work. His bold use of color caught my eye, however, the fact that he would paint only what he loved and wanted to display privately in his own home, influenced me even more. He taught me to paint what I loved, not what I thought others would want to see.

"Tucson"

What is your favorite vacation destination?
Since we currently live in Kentucky, my favorite destination is out west to be with friends and family. That means, Arizona, La Jolla and Del Mar California and Texas. I always seem to gravitate back to the beach though. It calms me.

"Run"

Favorite shop?
Don’t you mean shops? Well let’s see….Williams-Sonoma, Seaside Home La Jolla, Rodger’s Gardens in Newport Beach, and I cannot live without Target.
Most visited links?
Well, of course Annechovie. It was you Anne, who inspired me to show my watercolors in a current, daily dose, kind of way. Your kind comments and encouragement mean so much, especially coming from such a talented artist as yourself.
I also like to stop by and put my feet in the sand at Velvet & Linen, and Beach Bungalow 8. We used to live in Manhattan Beach and I miss it terribly. My other stops include stalking Joni at Cote de Texas because, well, I’m an impassioned Texan. Lately I’ve been getting up and having my morning coffee with Patricia Gray and some of my lovely new Australian friends. I love to peek over The Laurel Hedge, and at Gardens by Coty Farquhar. A new fun place to see what the young set is up to is over at According to Nina.
Blogging has opened up a whole new world for me. I am so pleased to have found and visited with so many warm, friendly, funny, and talented people. It is always a refreshing way to start the day.

Thank you so much, Lisa, for this peek into your life and studio! Be sure to visit Lisa's blog here!

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