Meet Your Maker Monday: Lisa Chow
We first saw artist Lisa Chow's work at one of the weekend art markets in Houston. The characters in her illustrations are always recognizable from her line work and elements of whimsy. Visit Lisa's workspace this week with Houston Makerspace as we find out more about her and her art.
What is your name, company, URL, and social media links?
What do you make?
I draw and paint watercolor illustrations.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I roll out of bed, feed the cats and am usually sitting at my desk by 9am. After checking emails and catching up on way too much social media, my day may include drawing, painting, printing, packaging, shipping, checking in on local retailers and meeting with clients. Working alone from my home studio can often result in severe cabin fever, so I try to step out at least once a week for some fresh air and a change of scenery.
Why did you decide to start your own business and why Houston?
I've always loved drawing but during my college years, I neglected it for a long time while I focused on more "practical" pursuits. While working a 9-to-5 corporate job, I felt extremely unfulfilled and craved a creative outlet. I started practicing my art again and screwed up enough courage to start showing my work. My first sell was intoxicating and I knew what I wanted to do with my life. A few years of planning, prepping, hustling and I finally quit the corporate job to pursue art full-time.
I was born and raised in Houston so Houston is home. But I choose to stay in Houston because of family, friends, the beautiful art community, the southern hospitality and... the food!
What are your inspirations and how do they guide your work?
Fairy tales, quirky movies, pastel colors, childhood memories, glitter and sunshine. I try to create images that are whimsical, joyful and a little bit hopeful; harkening back to the "good old days" of childhood.
What's next for Lisa Chow?
I'm about to be a first time mom and baby girl is definitely going to change how I approach my work. In lieu of my usual hectic art market schedule, I will be focusing on growing my business online and through retailers. I'll also be focusing more on commissions and freelance work. Basically, any kind of work I can do at home while wearing a baby.
What do you want people to know about your work?
I draw, almost exclusively, female figures. In the beginning, I think I was just drawing what I know. But now, and especially with my little girl about to arrive, I hope to create work that is inspiring and empowering for girls and women. I draw girls who are delicate and fragile yet mischievous and strong. I draw pretty and sweet but also tomboyish and adventurous. I want girls and women who see my work to know they can be one or the other, both or neither, and everything in between.