an interview with lisa madigan
A few words that best describe you? Creative, complex, passionate, driven, warm & loving, generous.
What is your most treasured possession? I would have to say our home as it stands for so much and holds so many treasures, I love my childhood photographs, special gifts from those I love, our two louis chairs, my giant clam shell, feathers and shells that I've found, tokens from travels. I don't think I can hold one thing above another, the pieces that have meaning for me are the ones that I love and connect with.
What’s your proudest career achievement? I honestly don’t think it’s happened yet, but notes to date are being a finalist in the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, and hanging in the studio, it's wonderful, encouraging and humbling to have the fruit of my art acknowledged. Also the building of the LISA MADIGAN platform and the projects and opportunities that have come through my painting and now store. There’s definitely a graitification seeing fruits beginning to ripen after many years of hard work and late nights. Simply having people tell you that they love your work is so humbling too, they’re the nice ‘quiet smile’ moments and are just lovely and definitely make me stronger in what I do.
What’s been your best decision? To truly follow and live my dreams and creative vision, to go it on my own with my work and give it my 100% focus and commitment. Also to shut the door to the outside world and lock myself in my studio, there's no greater indulgence than the time I spend with a brush in my hand.
Who inspires you? People with a certain sense of charisma and authenticity, a monk, an artist, a chef, a friend, so many. People who live with integrity and substance and are knowledgable and passionate about what they do, those that add to the rich fabric of humanity on our planet.
What are you passionate about? So many things - life - and celebrating it! My studio and inspiring travels, blank canvases open to anything, champagne, ART, galleries, stunning design and craftsmanship, antiques, things with stories and a richness to them, caring for those that touch my life, loving my friends and family, exotic places and new adventures. The smell of oil paint, the ever adaptive act of painting, fresh cut flowers, no. 5, beautiful interiors, post cards from exotic places, cooking, entertaining, being grateful and putting heart into everything I do. Being real and true and authentic.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt? To follow my heart and my instinct, being true to myself.
What are you reading? I always have about a dozen books at once, on the top of the pile ‘Essays in Love’ by Alain de Botton along with ‘Venetian Dreaming’ by Paula Weideger, ‘The Fabric of the Cosmos’ by Brian Greene and 'The Tibetan Book of Living & Dying' by Sogyal Rinpoche, I'm also a bowerbird for great quotes, I love it when an artist, a creator, a spiritual seeker can sum up existence in a sentence.
- Collated & collected moments + memories of experience, creating & making manifest.