Meet Lisa Britton
Say hi! Would you like to introduce yourself?
Hi! I’m Lisa; I am a painter in Arizona. In college, I was primarily an abstract artist, but now most of my work focuses on stylized animals portraits and collage, but I do dabble in other subjects and mediums from time to time. I am passionate about animal rights (hence the animal portraits). When I am not working I enjoy reading or hanging out with my boyfriend, friends, and family, preferably at a cool vegan restaurant or brewery. ☺
What does being a creative mean to you?
I think creativity is a skill to a certain extent; it has a lot to do with problem solving being open to new ideas and trying new things. While we here at CYL are in obviously “creative” fields, maybe someone has some really innovative ideas about financing, culinary art, sports, technology, etc., and putting yourself out there and trying that new idea takes courage and creativity.
Do you recall when you first realized you HAD to be creative?
Not necessarily, I enjoyed drawing a lot as a child and then kind of grew out of it for a while. In high school I became interested in design and architecture and took drafting for two years and started reading Architectural Digest. I was initially an interior design major in college and was really interested in how design and the built environment could influence our lives and behaviors. Eventually I took a painting course and was hooked; as a result, I have a BFA in painting.
What is your favorite work ritual?
I usually have a few different projects I am working on at the same time. This allows some time to step away from each piece and approach it with a fresh set of eyes. I also enjoy being able to mix it up and work on something different and not sit and do the same thing continuously. Sometimes in the evening my boyfriend and I will hang out and draw or paint together while enjoying a refreshing beverage. It’s great to be able to be productive, but still find a way to spend time with someone you care about.
How do you cope when you feel overwhelmed?
I will admit, I am not always the best at coping with this! Sometimes you just have to step away from the situation and take a break for a bit. Some kind of exercise is always a good idea as well, maybe just taking the dog for a walk to get outside for a bit or hit the gym.
What three traits would you say are a must for someone going into business for themselves?
Time management: There’s no boss to tell you what to do and when, so you have to figure out when and how to get things done.
Perseverance: Nothing happens overnight, and it is likely that you will face some amount of rejection, it’s probably nothing personal, but it will happen, and you can’t let that hold you back.
Courage: Putting yourself/your work/product/whatever out there isn’t easy, if it were everyone would do it.
What is your definition of success? Do you feel that you are successful?
Success for me has a lot to do with attaining or completing a certain goal, striving for something and achieving it. I have already done some of the things that I wanted to do (go to college and get degrees, internships with artists in Germany, visit Sweden). At the same time, I have a lot more that I hope to accomplish, so notions of success fluctuate day to day.
What has been the best advice you have received?
I would like to quote Dwight Schrute from season seven, episode nine of The Office, “Lesson: some tasks are not worth doing.” Maybe you are creating a lot of unnecessary tasks for yourself, maybe you are focusing on small things that do not really affect the big picture, or maybe you need to take a break from someone or something. Ultimately, you are wasting time on something that doesn’t matter, so stop it.
Something else that has been resonating with me lately is “Don’t be precious” which Danielle Krysa has been discussing in The Jealous Curator podcast. Basically, don’t get too hung up on an idea if it’s not working, or if you go buy some big fancy new canvas, use it! You didn’t buy it just to stare at a blank canvas! If you mess up, you can always paint over it or get another one.
Who is a female (past, present or fictional) you find inspirational?
There are so many other amazing female artists who are using their skills and talents to benefit animals! Some of my favorites to follow are listed here in no particular order. Samantha Fung (@oneheartillustration) does amazing illustrations and is an organizer for Hong Kong Pig Save. Lea Bumbesti (@littlebittyveganart) does some great animal portraits and nature inspired work to spread awareness. C. Jacobs (@cynical_coyote) has an awesome style and straightforward message. Renata Wright (@renatawrightart) is passionate about animal and human rights, and uses color beautifully in her animal and nature paintings. Alizée Goulet (@alizee_4evervegan) has a great series of work in her Cosmic Vegan series and does wonderful illustrations.