About the artist
This week’s interview is with Lisa Ann Muro. Lisa was born and grew up in a small community in California near Santa Barbara, on the Central Coast. She is a mother to three grown boys and married to her high school sweetheart. Creativity flows in her veins and whilst she doesn’t produce art for a living she has considered herself an artist her entire life. Lisa uses an iPad to create her emotive digital paintings and finds the portable nature allows her to work wherever she is.
How did you first get into digital art?
I first started making digital art in the 1990s. Being a draftsman since the early 1980s, I was very familiar with Autocad and the use of computers to create line work. My boss at the time asked me if I could do the graphics for an internal internet site. I decided to go back to college and take a class. Honestly, I never believed I would use the computer to paint. Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator impressed me so much, I became somewhat addicted; staying up very late doing what I called ‘digital doodles’. I proceeded to take every class offered at our local junior college.
Why did you choose digital art as your medium?
Digital art is so versatile, there is nothing you can’t create; if you can imagine it you can create it. I love that I can take my iPad Pro and Pencil with me wherever I go and I am never bored. I draw when I’m at the beach, in restaurants and even at baseball games.
What artistic styles are you particularly drawn to?
Minimalism and expressionism mainly.
What inspires you?
Everything inspires me: life, ups, downs, dreams, people, even long car drives. I can’t think of anything that doesn’t inspire me. I love to see what other artists all over the world are doing using an app called Behance. It is simply amazing how creative and beautiful people are everywhere.
What is your artistic motivation?
My artistic motivation is really a genuine need from within me. I need to create as I need to breathe. Creating art is essential for my mental well being.
Of all your images to date, which is your favourite and why?
The painting entitled “Beach“; it represents myself in the middle, my three sons to the right, and my husband of 30 years to the left of the canvas. The painting is my personal favourite because it represents my life, I love the colours and feeling.
Which three words or phrases would you use to describe your work?
Variety: not just one style
Emotive: invoking emotion
Inspirational: many times my paintings are inspirational messages to myself
What memorable responses to your artwork have you had?
I had some crazy responses on Behance from a couple of people who thought I was in support of hurting women. They were relentless for months. The painting was of a beautiful woman with Passion flowers and a very large screw in her head. It was meant to represent me and how passion had screwed with my head.
Name three artists who inspire you.
Dali and Frida [Kahlo]. I am also fascinated by prehistoric Mexican art.
How do you think you’ve improved as an artist compared to when you first started?
My ability to engage my creative mind has improved by challenging myself to create daily. I believe the more you practice the easier it is; simply think, paint and believe. I overthought and worried in the past and was more driven by fear. I am no longer fearful when it comes to my art, it just is.
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to when you started making art?
If I could go back I would say never be fearful, simply create and enjoy the pure pleasure of the process.
What devices/equipment do you use to create your art?
An iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. I use a PC sometimes but the iPad is my preferred device.
Which apps/programs do you use to create your art and which are your favourites?
Apps: Procreate, Adobe Sketch
PC: Adobe Suite, Photoshop, Illustrator
Do you use images from stock sites as well as your own photos and if so, which are your favourites and why?
No, I have not used stock images. I prefer to take my own images and provide many of my inspirations.
And finally, do you find that digital art is often dismissed as a valid art form?
Digital art is frowned upon and not considered true art by many. I believe it is an opportunity to create unbelievable pieces that could not be achieved otherwise. I personally love digital art.
Where to find Lisa’s work online
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and images with us, Lisa!