Meet Lisa Marie: Artist and Environmental Advocate

Words by Katherine Oakes Englishman
Photos by Various

A friend of Wayward, and major source of inspiration, artist Lisa Marie quite literally draws on the natural world to create beautiful works of art. Whether it’s a summit sunset or a picturesque point break, we love Lisa Marie’s creations so much we filled an entire wall full of them in our Seattle store.

So, we got the chance to pick her brain on everything from creating a purpose-driven freelance career, to working with conscious brands and even tap Lisa Marie for some advice on how to be more creative in our daily lives. Dive in and enjoy!

1) Hey Lisa! Your art and perspective on the natural world inspires so many (the Wayward team included). We want to know what inspires you?

I am inspired by all of the classic artists that have gone before me and whose work has well outlived their own lifespans! I’m currently on a huge Georgia O’keefe kick, but I would say Georgia, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse and Dali are my people. Each one uniquely contributed to art as we know it today and transcended the “norm” of their day and age. I get really inspired by anybody who has broken through the mold of their own culture and pushed their community forward in a meaningful way. I love modern Scandinavian architecture and the way it blends beautifully with surrounding forests and mountains. I also like old stuff. I have this collection of old patches, thrifted t-shirts, signs, and other stuff I’ve collected over the years.

 

2) From shirts to water bottles, and even hanging on the wall of the Wayward Seattle store, your artwork has made its way onto some pretty unique spots. Out of them all, what was one of the more special or memorable places you’ve seen your art? 

I’ve shipped a lot of my artwork around the world to places I never thought I’d reach, like Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Australia, the UK, Malaysia, etc. I recently did a limited edition Chicago t-shirt collaboration with Patagonia last week. It was really cool to be in my city with one of my favorite brands creating a custom shirt that reflected everyone’s pride for Chicago. The shirts sold out within the first two hours and was their biggest event to date.

3) As someone who works with so many outdoor brands and companies, your art has a strong undercurrent of conservation. Was this a conscious decision or did this emerge on its own?

It was absolutely conscious. I actually try to only work with people that give back to environmental or community causes. In fact, before I made the leap to go full-time as a freelancer, I wrote down a set of values to help keep my own personal compass always pointing north. Those two things I wrote were: 1) Be creative, and 2) Help people. I’m proud to say that those values are as integral today as they were years ago when I was first dreaming up my business.

 

4) Alright, we’re dying to know: What does a day in the life look like for you?

Oh man, it varies from day to day! I’m not a very linear person so I thrive on having the ability to break structure and do something new. This week, it’s looked a bit more traditional in the sense that I’ve spent a fair amount of time in my studio working, at a local park painting, writing emails at some coffee shops, and planning future events and trips. The summer is a busy time for me with travel and work events. A few weeks ago, I was on the road opening a pop-up gallery with Wayward, teaching a hike and draw workshop at Rattlesnake Ledge and then drove out to Utah and worked remotely. I’ve also been to Denver and the Bahamas.

 

5) You have a passion for encouraging others to be more creative as well. What’s the best advice you have for someone who is looking to find that creative outlet but can’t quite find it?

Creativity is for everyone and should be seen as a form of play. If you’re not having fun at least some of the time then you have put too much pressure on yourself. There should be zero expectations on the outcome! Try not to worry about judging your technical abilities and give yourself permission to enjoy being in the moment.

 

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