We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Garness Mallory and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisa, what do you attribute your success to?
In 2009, I created my process of using wood carving tools and an engraver to hand etch on my mainly nature and wildlife photography. I wanted to find a way to combine my fine art skills and digital photography. I love both mediums so the thought of combing both was the best of both worlds in my artist journey. I’m a pioneer forging new ground in alternative photo processes. I’d describe my work as contemporary and sometimes edgy. I’m determined to continue evolving my etchings. Sometimes I combine etching with colored inks and acrylic paint basically turning the piece into mixed media. Etching takes patience, a drive, love of detail, and vision. My work will continue as my imagination leads me to new and exciting subjects and methods.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been an artist all my life. My mother said from the time I was 2 I was telling people I was an artist. Both of my parents created various forms of art as their hobby. So I grew up creating art with mainly my mom who was an avid oil painter but could do any medium well. Because I created my etching on photography by hand process, that sets me apart from other artists. I have won 12 international photography awards, as well as several nationally. My work has been published in magazines and books internationally and nationally. And I was a featured artist on PBS which has been aired several times nationally since 2013. ( The feature can be viewed on Youtube.com). I’m proud of my etching process and the progress I’ve made in my artist journey since I started in 2009. Evolving my process is extremely exciting. But selling work and telling my story to buyers, collectors, and the general public, is my greatest joy. I’m quite sure any artist will agree, trying to make a living selling art isn’t an easy career. We’re all constantly trying to get more people interested in our work to sell. But I do believe I was born with my families artist genes so art is my love and it’s what I’m driven to do, it brings me great joy. I want the world to know that I put my heart into each etched photo. When I sell work it gives me great joy, and I hope it brings joy, peace, excitement, and a greater respect and love for nature.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My best friend would come in summer and our first stop would be Denver Art Museum. Then a lovely lunch at one of downtown Denver’s many great outdoor cafe’s. Throughout the week we would visit Kirkland Museum of Art, Museum of Nature and Science, and the always beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens. We could visit many wonderful art galleries in Denver, Littleton, Evergreen, and several other mountain galleries. Too many to mention names, but we would eat at several great places to dine in the locations I mentioned. Colorado has many gorgeous locations to visit. But a few of my favorites for nature and wildlife photography are Cherry Creek State Park, Rocky Mountain Arsenal, and Barr Lake. I find hanging out in the beauty of nature to be calming and peaceful.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am grateful to my parents who were also artists. They always encouraged me to follow my dream of becoming a professional artist. And thanks to my dear friend Myra who has supported my art for many years. Last but not least, thanks to my Facebook artist friends who follow my artist journey and encourage me in my career.
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