Artist Spotlight- Lisa Marie Kowieski
Multi-disciplinary Artist and Designer from Chicago.
“My work is influenced by nature and storytelling with themes of adventure and passion. More than anything, I strive to create work that inspires others to explore their passions and live their best lives. As a multi-disciplinary Artist and Designer, I’m trained in both traditional and digital forms of media and often combine the two when I create.”
My earliest memories are drawing horses and dogs in my playroom at my old house when I was about three years old. It’s funny how some things never change. I started taking classes at an Art Studio when I was 8 years old, which was also around the time I discovered Claude Monet and fell in love with his work. At the Studio, I studied still life drawings with pastels and then moved to acrylic paintings. By the time I was 11, my teacher broke some rules by moving me to the “adult classes” because she saw a talent in me and believed I was ready to paint with the adults—even though I was technically too young. In the adult classes, I began learning the practices of figure charcoal drawings and oil paintings. I was the youngest student to ever be in those classes. By the time I was in high school, I began competing in art shows around the Chicagoland area and won several awards for my drawings and portraits.
After high school, I decided to explore the world of Graphic Design. I received my Bachelors in Graphic Design with a minor in Communications and graduated Cum Laude with awards in Design and was inducted into the Lambda Pi Eta honors society. I continued to practice traditional forms of art throughout my design education and competed and won first place in several Fine Art festivals over the years. I also had my first freelance illustration job during this time as a sophomore in college and illustrated the cover and several featured articles for an international magazine. I have been freelancing ever since.
More than anything, I love exploring and trying new things, going new places and meeting new people. I’m extremely curious so I’m most inspired when I’m in a unique situation that I’ve never been in before. I find that when I’m faced with the unknown it sparks my creativity and pushes me past my comfort zone, which is a beautiful spot to be in as an artist. I love the process of “creative problem solving” and having to figure out ways to either learn a new skill or jump over the metaphorical hurdle that stands between you and your goal.