Lisa Hubbard Artist Interview By Isabella Antenucci 2012
What advice do you have for an upcoming artist?
“Take every class you can, go to every gallery opening and open studio. Try and fail, try and fail, keep experimenting and always challenge yourself.”
What do you wish you could tell yourself when you were first starting out?
“Trust your instincts, and don’t worry about what other people think. Be brave, try different things everyday. When I went back to Mexico to visit my aunt, I was walking and came across a gallery where this woman made beautiful portraits, and she was also a teacher. I took a portrait painting class from her and when she saw me struggling and saying ‘I haven’t painted in 6 years’ she looked and me and said ‘Breath, relax, everything you need to know is in front of you, just look and see. Take your time’ That was something that really stuck with me to this days.”
What is a negative aspect of being an artist? Positive?
“The negative would be that art is under appreciated, and trying to be successful as an artist, or even as an art teacher is really difficult with the budget cuts and art as being an afterthought to most people. But for me and for everyone it is extremely important to explore and create, especially for children. A positive aspect is that being able to see how unique every artist is and if you give everyone the same tools and instruction, the end result will be so different. That’s what I love and value about art.”
What skills have helped you the most?
“Tenacity and being bull headed, being able to keep going and persevere.”
What was your biggest learning experience as an artist?
“When I started working at the DeYoung museum, we have an artist in residence there every month and being able to see a different artist’s process and art every month has made a big impact in my life. It is really important to expose yourself to new art all the time.”