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Lisa Miller

Artist's Interview

How long have you been creating?
I'm one of the odd artists who didn't start creating as soon as I could hold a pencil. I started creating as a form of therapy, to get me through some tough personal issues. I had a strong desire to "create" my own physical atmosphere, while repairing my mental atmosphere. I discovered my inner creativity and have not looked back. To answer the question..as an adult I picked up my first paint brush about 8 years ago, and I got my first DSLR 2 1/2 years ago.
What, besides your art, brings you creative fulfillment?
Decorating my home, or anyone elses home for that matter.
What are your motivations for creating?
My motivations for creating change constantly. I am motivated everyday to photograph not a person/place/or thing, but to photograph a feeling or an emotion. I want to make the ordinary extraordinary. I want to show everyone not what I see, but how I see it.
How do you know when a piece you have been working on is done?
Today's software truly allows photographers so many options. While I'm taking photographs I am already thinking about how I'm going to process it. I'm done when I get the feeling out of the piece that I want. One of the things I love about digital post processing is the ability to hit the undo command. Quick easy....just start over.
What do you find stimulating right now? How does this influence your creative process?
People. The texture of their face, skin tone, how the light makes their hair or eyes shine, how they interact with each other, how to capture a personality. How to get them to connect with a camera. I think photographing people enhances my creative process. I enjoy photographing my surroundings, I love nature shots...things I see. People...they make me work, make me think, make me create.
What brought you to EBSQ?
Those little icons on ebay! What keeps me is the wonderful like minded people on the forums, the ability to learn and share. I am inspired everyday to continue to create.
What are some of your artistic goals for the future?
I am starting my own portrait business in 2009. My goal is to make some people happy with what I do and make some money while doing it.
What would you like your fellow EBSQ artists and collectors to know about you and or your work?
The process of creating is as interesting to me as the final result although I don't think that the process is as important. My work is what I see and how I see it. I can hope that you enjoy it as well. I will probably always feel as I am trying to catch up in the art world and will probably constantly be changing.

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