Oh my-oh-my, this is a really fun visit. We're not going far today (well, at least I'm not), we're paying a visit to San Francisco-based artist Lisa Congdon. A lot of you are quite familiar with Lisa's abundant talents, but if she's new to you, I'll bet you're not far from becoming a big fan. Lisa is a mixed media artist and illustrator who did not begin making art until she was 33 years old, and yet today it is now the most significant part of her life and livelihood. How inspiring! Aside from one painting class, Lisa is entirely self-taught and feels her lack of training works to her advantage: instead of following refined technique, she works with her own sense of color, composition and design as her guide. When she is not making art in her studio, Lisa is at Rare Device, the very cool, design-led shop and art gallery she owns and operates with her friend Rena Tom in San Francisco's funky Mission district.
Have you attended art school, or is your talent just natural?
What is your favorite feature in your home?
The crown molding on my living room ceiling.
What are you most proud of?
Making it on my own.
What is your favorite film?
Too many to name. I love Christopher Guest and Coen Brothers films. I have seen Best in Show and Fargo about 10 times each.
What is on your wish list for your home purchases right now?
I'd love to renovate a tad and build bigger closets. I live in an old Edwardian building that has only two small closets. One I use for coats and the other for all my other clothes. I love clothes and my closets are packed with my clothing and shoe collection. It's hard for me to stay organized with my small closets.
Who is your favorite artist?
What's the last great book you read?
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick.
What's your favorite cafe in San Francisco?
What is your idea of living hell?
Turbulence on an airplane.
If you could photograph anyone in the world, who might that be?
My maternal grandparents.
What are the first signs of Spring for you?
In San Francisco it's all about the cherry blossoms. And right now they are in full bloom.
Who would you like to sit down to tea with?
My maternal grandmother.
What are some of your favorites websites/blogs to visit?
My current obsession is Ffffound. It's an amazing source for visual inspiration. I also love Dear Ada. She posts about different artists everyday. I don't know how she finds the people she does. I am also a huge fan of Jan at Poppytalk. She has an amazing eye for art and design.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Cable TV and Scotch on the rocks.
What is your most treasured belonging?
My three pets.
What is your favorite European city and why?
Paris. So much history and style.
What do you despise?
Waking up to an alarm.
What's your favorite word?
You can shop for some of Lisa's great art pieces in her etsy shop, read more about her work on her blog and keep up to date with upcoming shows and events on her website. Thank you so much for having us, Lisa - I'm sure our visit was as inspiring for sfgirl readers as it was for me, as always!