The New England Baptist Hospital's "Daily Dose"
Artist Lisa Jeanne Graf was
interviewed by April Hannon
1) What do you like to do?
I enjoy creating whimsical
paintings and sculptures. They tend to be inspired by nature and
describe different emotional states, and concepts.
2) When do you do these things or how often?
I work hardest before
shows and almost nonstop then. In between shows my work schedule is
less consistent. I think I have a difficult time working in a vacuum. I
definitely create work for an audience.
3) Where do you do these things?
My studio is in my large
living room where I have four work areas. One table has a computer
area, one has a light table, one is used to paint egg tempera pieces,
and one is used to paint water color pieces or create sculptures.
Sometimes the dining table also gets taken over as well as the floors.
Before a show it can be a big mess. Luckily my husband is an artist and
4) Why do you love to do this? What do you enjoy the
most? How does it make you feel?
I love the sense of
discovery- of not knowing what will happen next or where a piece is
going. If I feel surprised by a piece I am hoping that sense of newness
will carry through to the viewer. I also enjoy the research that is
needed for some pieces. Searching for images of waterfalls and oceans
for example has a sense of discovery or searching for unusual materials
like meteorites or glow in the dark paper is also a lot of fun.
5) If applicable, how does this interest compare to your
day job, any similarities or refreshing differences?
I work as a graphic
designer and illustrator. At my job and at my studio I work with
images. In both, I also try communicate clearly ideas and goals.