ArtTalk: Lisa Bartlett writes about what inspires and excites her

Friday, May 30, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Titled, "The Blues Man." Bartlett says that he's "singing to all the women and making them swoon."

This story was contributed by Lisa Bartlett, owner of ARTlandish Gallery. It is part of a project called ArtTalk, which has a goal of celebrating and discussing local art and artists. To submit, fill out the form at the bottom of the story.

Q: What kind of art do you create? Tell us about your medium and style.
A:  Paint, mixed media assemblage, collage. I like upcycling things.

Q: What is it that inspires you? And why do you create art?
A:  I'm inspired by the world around me, other artists, music and history.

Q: What sets you or your work apart from other artists?
A: Well when I paint I think I am a colorist. I make no apologies and every brushstroke is out there for the world to see. I embrace mistakes, and when collaging things I love the wrinkles. I like to research subjects and find out historically what has gone on in the past. Especially with my blues series. I work in series. I have many, Geisha's, Happiest Day of My Life, Blues Musicians, Art Houses, Women with a voice.

Q: Can your work be found around the community (or has it been in the past)? If so, where?
A: Yes, I love having my work in the community. I have shows around town. Some places let me keep my work up, and I'm so honored to have work at The Bridge and most especially Centro Latino.

I work for Roots N Blues N BBQ. I have a whole crew of artists who do all the work. It is amazing to have a team that creates artwork. With them I feel we can do anything! Last year we made many large art installations for Stephens Lake Park. We had 48 acres to art up. It was a blast. This year we'll do it again. 

There's a mural on the side of The Bridge that I directed for Blues in the Schools, as well as a smaller one at Mojo's.  There is a painting at the corner of 9th and Elm on the sidewalk. It was part of the Stormdrain project Roots N Blues sponsored with the City of Columbia, directed by Mike Sleadd. It was to raise awareness to the fact that all trash flows into our streams.

And you can find my work in ARTlandish Gallery.

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