We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Bick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisa, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I grew up in Washington, D.C. and my mother would routinely drop me off at the National Gallery of Art to spend a Saturday wandering the galleries or taking classes. I saw every gallery and art museum in the area and then went on to get a BFA at Indiana University. I concentrated in textiles and later became a high school art teacher in Indianapolis. Years later, after creatively raising three children and after divorce, I took an encaustics workshop on a whim. There was something about it that enchanted me and I found I could create drawing on my textile background and love of poetry and words. I have traveled extensively and find all of those memories and images making their way into my process and my work. The organic quality of encaustic feels right to me at this time.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have moved from teaching high school art to motherhood-where I taught my children to make paper and weave and to construct sculptures from found objects and all the other creative things that no one gave to me when I was a child. I was a weaver and a spinner and dyer in front of them and as they grew up and moved out one by one, I sought other outlets. I was the lead designer for Williams Sonoma Home in Indianapolis and that was actually a job I loved due to all the fabulous fabrics and ways of putting them all together with art and rugs and color. It was tactile and creative all day long. It was about at the end of that job that I lived and worked as a chef and ran a B and B in Tuscany. Italy dropped Florence and Siena and all the villages in between on my consciousness and I brought home pent up energy to dive into a new medium. That is when I took the workshop with Shawna. From hits and misses which I still have!-I found the desire to re-locate and be stimulated by a new city and new way of living and certainly a very different physical environment from the East Coast and the Midwest. I have been represented by several galleries but at the moment I do not have one as I am very happy selling on my own. I like taking commissions and have sent them all over the country from Maryland to Texas to California. My two Newfoundlands get me into the mountains and ridges daily and then are constant companions in the studio. I also run an Airbnb in the casita on my property. My own house dates from 1870 and is a thick walled original adobe structure.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Tesuque so we would first dine at the Tesuque Village Market for excellent Mexican food. We would book a day at Ten Thousand Waves, a Japanese spa that can re-center anyone’s soul but makes for a day of self care. Starting north in Abiquiu, the Georgia O’Keeffe home is a must along with the scenery there. Back in Santa Fe, the museums are spectacular. There is the NM Museum of Art and the Folk Art Museum and the Wheelwright Museum plus the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum along with so many others and galleries. A trip up and down Canyon Road serves wonderful galleries full of art and small boutiques for shopping along with world famous restaurants like the Compound and Geronimo. The summer markets make Santa Fe the most unique place to visit. Indian Market and Spanish Market and the International Folk Art Market are all wonderful to explore. Additionally, ancient sites like Bandolier or Petroglyph Monument and Tent Rocks add to the Land of Enchantment places to see. Our Plaza has live music every evening in the summer and in the winter, Santa Fe Ski Basin is visible from the city and a short drive through aspen forests away.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I took my first encaustic workshop from Shawna Moore and I owe her so much. She encouraged me from the start and I am grateful. My three now grown children also deserve credit for always supporting their mom. They each have some of my pieces and are extremely supportive of what I do. I took a leap of faith 8 years ago and left my dear friends and community in the Indianapolis area to move to Santa Fe where I felt the light and the incredible artistic community would motivate and push me to try new things and find inspiration in the mountains where I live. My daughter, Tenley, is a modern and contemporary art history professor and I trust her opinion on what I produce….it’s not ALWAYS good but is always spot on. She is able to make me see things in different ways. I have many people here who are incredible artists in different mediums. The many many talented women artists of Santa Fe form a community of support and friendships here and to each of them, I am thankful for all of their input and friendships. And finally, the mountains in Northern New Mexico are my daily meditations and I find textures and light that continuously stoke new ideas in my studio.
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