The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Lisa McLinden: My name is Lisa McLinden and I’m a full time contemporary artist from Guelph, ON
TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
LML: When not working in my studio, The Brown Twig, I can usually be found exploring my natural surroundings with my dog, Luna, by my side. I guess you could say foraging is my hobby. Each day starts out the same with a walk throughout one of our many local forests. The woods call to me, offering up a bounty of inspiration for my work. It’s a visceral connection, not one easily explained, as when surrounded by tall trees and dense brush, I feel most free, unburdened by the hustle and bustle of daily life.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
LML: I’m always amazed to see in my work, an organic unfolding of the colours and textures witnessed on our morning hikes. Tapping into this inspiration and creating worthwhile, desirable artwork can be challenging. How does one truly capture the essence of our planet, the beauty, the mystery, the perfectly imperfect elements? I simply try not over think the process and just let it unfold.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
LML: Without question, I have a natural rhythm, one that when changed, greatly impacts my work. Each and every morning after our walk, I purchase a green tea from a local coffee shop and head directly to my studio. This is the time of day that I produce my best work, feel most inspired, and rarely over work a piece. Late afternoon is dedicated to administrative work and second hike with Luna. Evenings are all about family for me, a time to debrief and connect with one another.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
LML: My goals are very clear for the future – to continue to produce work that connects people with nature, and do more collaborative work with fellow artists. I’m very passionate about photography, architecture, and pottery work. To work with other creative’s in a capacity that is mutually beneficial, excites me.
TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
LML: I‘m delighted to report that I’m currently working on a collaboration with the incredibly talented artist Mya Kerner. Her passion for nature and ability to project it onto the canvas is remarkable and incredibly inspiring.
TCU: What scares you?
LML: I used to be a very fearful, anxiety driven person, consumed with the need for perfection in my work. This unrealistic existence lead me to experience “creative burnout” which in turn, resulted in me not painting for a long period in my life. The void I felt, the loss of my identity, was very frightening and painful, something I don’t plan on repeating.
TCU: What does success mean to you?
LML: Success is easily measured for me – to continue to create work that others connect with, to remain transparent in my life as an artist, and to bring joy to others.
TCU: Anything else you want to add?
LML: We’re all connected by this remarkable planet and our similarities far outweigh our differences. Music, art, nature, and kindness simply make the world a more beautiful place.
If you'd like to learn more about Lisa and her lovely work, head over to www.lisamclindenart.com.