We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Locklin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisa, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve been drawn to creating my whole life. I have painted since I was a small child. While mothering three young children I’d paint in my free time and year by year I spent more time painting. One day I began sharing my work, friends and family began asking me to share my work. It became a vocation quite organically.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I sit to paint, I create intuitively, moving through each painting without anticipation of what mark I will make next. Sometimes I paint directly through music I’m listing to, other times feelings, prayers or impressions in mark, line or paint drops. I’m a growing in my vocation, still in the early years of creating. It takes effort but holds so much freedom. I’m learning currently how much value there is in just putting yourself out there. Taking brave moves and staying in my lane, not looking to what others are doing to inform my work, just create from my place. There isn’t much to say about myself, a passionate creative leaning into a calling to share peace and stillness with others, through simple textural marks and the occasional poetry, or light and shadow inspiration.
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?
My family has been in Temecula, CA since the 1940’s, it has changed since the sleepy drive through town it once was. The Southern California sunshine and landscape has me always looking for places to walk outdoors or to dine alfresco. We enjoy the local farmer’s market on Saturday mornings for fresh produce and locally grown flowers, breakfast and coffee at a EAT Marketplace, a wine country drive to have a glass of wine at Bottaia Winery and take in the vineyard views, perhaps a hike through the local hills, and a stop a Primally Pure Spa for a facial.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have many I could honor in encouraging me along the way. My late mother invited creative expression daily, certainly a freedom that made our dining table a place of frequent paint spills, and laughter. In my younger years, a dear friend and professional artist, Karen Kauffman invited me to her shows, into her studio and would talk art with me for hours. She was a passionate, early mentor I look up to still. My brother Aaron, my first collector, swooping up paintings as I’d list them on my website and sponsoring my first creative retreat. My husband Kevin and my daughters Chloe, Remy, and Phoebe for reorienting their days and space to make room for my creative endeavors. My friends and my Restored Temecula church family for encouraging my heart, restoration and growth in Jesus. My family for my first professional studio space and framing my very first paintings from art school. The book, On Beauty and Faith by Alabaster has been an incredible source of encouragement.
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