New Artist Spotlight: Lisa Morales

Lisa Morales at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Mixed-media artist Lisa Morales was born and raised in Texas. Much like a painter would use oil or acrylic paint as their chosen media, she uses paper to achieve the same results. She hand paints and textures papers of all kinds and then tears them by hand and perfectly place them to create collages full of whimsy and surprise. Even though the paper is painted, the markings from the text, illustrations, or patterns on the paper shows through the paint creating a visual layered feast for the viewer’s eye. The longer you look, the more interesting the piece becomes. Aside from beautiful art pieces, Lisa will also have have great gift items like journals, coffee cups, and calendars featuring her work.

Let’s get to know more about Lisa and her work…

How long have you been creating, and how has your work changed?
I actually consider myself to be a “late bloomer” when it comes to visual art. At the age of 42, I took my first drawing class at a community college as an elective when I was studying to be a court reporter. I had grown up in the performing side of the art world as a dancer and never considered visual art something I could master. I thought visual art was something that was innate in people. I remember so vividly how that first drawing class completely changed my perspective about what being an “artist” meant. I took color theory, 2-D design, and collage classes next. And I fell in love—with the process, the techniques, the critiques, the like-minded people, and the PAPER!! I have always considered myself to be a creative person but when I found paper, I knew in my marrow that I needed this part of the creative process to be in my life. I love it. I love the way it feels, the way it smells, and how you can create art by tearing it into tiny pieces and putting it all back together again.

If you could work in any other medium, what would it be?
Because I build my collages on flat wood panels I would love to work in sculpture or fabric or any other media that is 3-D in nature.

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
On the weekends I turn ordinary children in to princesses, super heroes and beautiful butterflies as a professional face painter. The “moving canvas” is a challenge to work on sometimes but the reward of seeing a child’s face light up when they see the finished face paint is well worth the effort. I truly feel blessed that I can bring that kind of joy to children.

Lisa Morales at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

What makes you excited about doing Armadillo Christmas Bazaar?
I am thrilled that a show of this caliber exist in my home state and I am excited for a whole new audience to see my work. I am also looking forward to being inspired by and meeting the other artist in the show.

Tell us about the first dollar you made selling your art:
I sold my first art piece after a workshop. One of the other students in the class offered to buy what I made and I was blown away. I was one of those people who thought that you needed to work for a lifetime at your craft to be able to sell your work. That first sale was a game changer for me and a complete validation in my mind that what I had to offer was “good enough” to be considered art worth buying.

Is there a band you are looking forward to seeing (or hearing from your booth – ha!)?
All of them. My husband is a musician so I think he is looking forward to that part of the show as much as I am.

Is there an artist at Armadillo you are looking forward to shopping from?
Let’s put it this way. When I got the promo postcard with sample of work from only five or six artist I told my husband I was in trouble and that he better keep me chained up in my booth to keep me from spending more than I make. I can’t wait!!

Lisa Morales at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Find Lisa’s work in booth O-7