Artists can be superheroes, too.
You've heard my adages more than once. It's never too late. Change, transform. Be brave. Get organized. Enable yourself to succeed. Today's artist, Lisa Timmerman, is the embodiment of these concepts. She's a tremendous inspiration to me and I want to share her talent and courage with you.
Lisa trained at Loughborough and Bristol Colleges of Art and then went on to complete a degree in Fashion & Textiles. She worked for many years in the Fashion industry in London & East Asia before settling back in Leicestershire.
In August, 2011, Lisa decided it was time to get back to her original passion. She decided to paint every day. At first, focusing on her dream of being a full-time artist felt selfish to her, but to her astonishment, when she informed her friends and family of this life-changing decision, she experienced nothing but encouragement and enthusiasm. This directly supports another of my maxims - you have the right to be happy. In fact, it's not just a right, it's an imperative. Find out what makes you happy and then go and do it.
After spending a week alone for the first time in twenty-five years, it became obvious to Lisa that something was holding her back. Lisa! She realized that in order to be successful in her new goal, she needed to set targets and stay focused.
Her goal? 50 in 50. That is, 50 paintings by the time she was 50 years old. This translated into roughly 50 paintings in 2 years, a lofty goal! She drafted a strict timetable for herself. Her new schedule dictated that she begin painting every day at 7:30am.
Now, a year later, she's loving every minute of it. It isn't turning out exactly as she'd planned, but what does? She’s a little behind on her goal, but getting faster each day. Her fortitude and determination have yielded unexpected results; she’s developed a new style, is learning all the extra bits and pieces that accompany being an artist, and has met many incredible people on her journey. Her world has opened up! She expects to hit her target goal by August of this year. I, for one, will be watching her success and cheering her on at the finish line.
By any standard, Lisa has successfully accomplished her goals. She now has paintings in several galleries and public spaces around Leicestershire and has been selected to display 16 paintings at Parallax Art Fair at Chelsea Town Hall, London. She will be exhibiting in Holland this year, where she now has several works in private collections and was delighted to be featured in Aspire Magazine in February. Kudos to you, Lisa!
Lisa can be found in her studio by appointment throughout the year and will be organizing drawing and painting classes in a large room above her gallery. But you don’t have to travel all the way to Leicestershire to find her – pop over to her Facebook page, or visit her website, which is still under construction, but should be up and running any day now. And while you’re there, give her a pat on the back for being strong, brave, and fearless! Lisa, I'm looking forward to witnessing your future successes and wishing you the very best. You're an inspiration. A superhero!
Lisa is one of Ink & Alchemy's newest Featured Artists. You can find more information about the program at my website and view the complete list of artists here.
Happy Easter to you! May the day be filled with love and paint. Lots and lots of paint.