We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Duffy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisa, what do you attribute your success to?
I think the most important factor behind my success has been the support of my friends and family. It has been so warming and humbling to see how many cheerleaders I have behind me. I have friends and family offering their professional expertise to help me with branding and business decisions. This is SOOO valuable because I have never done anything like this before. Others feed me new ideas and inspiration, help me shop for materials and promote me to no end! My husband and sons never disappoint with an excited reaction when I come in from the garage with some new creation. They all are so excited for me and they are what keep me going when I begin to doubt myself. I am having a blast with my new venture and I think everyone is enjoying the ride right along with me!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I began learning resin art when I realized I couldn’t afford a river table for my living room. A local artist advised me to try to make one myself and offered to help me along the way. I began just pouring on wood slabs and realized how fun and addictive it was! Covid paused my swim lesson business which left me with lots of time to practice and learn the craft. My art is inspired by the ocean I am fortunate to have lived by my entire life. I’m in, on or by the water every day, and I gather so much from time spent studying the surf and especially during my ocean swims when I can watch how light plays on the still or moving water. I’m passionate about the environment and I am very careful with my materials and tools. I realize resin is a plastic and the last thing I want is to unnecessarily introduce plastic into our world. This is why I try to make pieces that will last a lifetime and hope that the owners will treasure them enough to pass them down in the future. I also strive to create useful items that people will keep and enjoy. I donate a portion of profits to nonprofits such as Surfrider Foundation of San Diego and Human Rights Campaign.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
San Diego is such an amazing place! I was born and raised here and although I know many amazing places to see, I still find places I have never known about! I would tell a visitor to spend a morning on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach with breakfast at Kono’s where you can sit and eat on Crystal Pier, take a walk, bike or run south on the boardwalk to Belmont Park where you can enjoy some cool little shops and ride our historic roller coaster. Cross over to the bayside and head back north and enjoy the peace of the bay. Then drive coastal up to La Jolla and take a dip in the Cove and enjoy some snorkeling. Keep an eye out for the pigeon man who silently feeds these pudgy pigeons by hand and seems to have them trained! You’ve got to check out the leopard sharks at La Jolla Shores and have lunch at Caroline’s. Next, take a drive up to UCSD and drive around campus to check out the beautiful eucalyptus trees and art on campus. Spend a few hours at Birch Aquarium, then head back to Duke’s for dinner overlooking the Cove. That’s just one packed day! Cabrillo, Embarcadero, Coronado, Little Italy, Balboa Park, Hillcrest, are all a must. Make sure you have plenty of time to take a trip up to the mountains and do some hiking and shop in Julian after relaxing with some Julian apple pie. We have it ALL here in San Diego!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a special shoutout to my buddy Ronit with Austgen Consulting for helping me with all my marketing needs, my BFF and ‘Design Director’, Lisa Barron, and of course, my husband Jim and boys Zach, Jacob and Cole for putting up with me taking over their garage and for always offering up a helping hand when I need it!
Other: RisingTideResinDesigns@gmail.com DiTorr Store 5th and University Pangaea Outpost, Garnet in Pacific Beach Thoughtful Creations, La Mesa Blvd