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Check out Angie Lister’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angie Lister.

Angie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I have been a single mom for 15 years, 2 years ago I was a University Professor in Kentucky and decided to sell our house, pack my art supplies into our van and move to Los Angeles to see what could happen. I have been painting full-time ever since. I paint sets for TV, movies and events, as well as continuing my studio work.

Most of my inspiration comes from my family’s hobbies, my great-grandparents were rockhounds and shell collectors, as well as jewelry makers. I design jewelry as well as do my paintings, all in an organic style similar to the rocks and shells I grew up surrounded by. My son is an aspiring animator and loves being in LA. It’s hard work, and sometimes scary when someone is counting on you, but becoming a full-time artist is the best decision I ever made.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art is about enjoying the experience of it, it’s not political or satirical in nature, it’s more about indulgence. Indulge in color, indulge in shape and form. I enjoy creating it, and I want others to enjoy the way it makes them feel. My artwork is simple, inspired by the things we are surrounded by. I guess if I had any sort of message it would be to slow down and take the time to observe and be inspired by the small, beautiful things that are all around us. I made an entire show from broken walnut shells that I noticed when I was raking my yard, tiny things to be composted that had an entire world inside of them of wonder.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Not going to lie, it’s been a tough road, especially as a single mom. I have debt, I’ve had to dig change out for one more meal, etc. I work full time outside of my studio, but I still do creative work. I think that’s the most important advice, if you will need to work somewhere, don’t work just anywhere. Find work that feeds your inner creative spirit, not one that drains it. And advertise your work! You can create beautiful things all day long, but if not enough people see it, it won’t go anywhere except stacked against your walls!

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
In April my newest work will be up at T&A Pop in North Hollywood, an amazing tea shop that supports 12 local artists per year by providing them with a space to show for an entire month! I get encouragement from people liking my work as well as from people buying it. I am always looking for outdoor space to do murals along with exhibits.

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Image Credit:
All Images belong to the artist, Angie Lister. The fan was painted by the artist, but is sold by Haiku Fans Artisan Collection, a division of Big Ass Fans, Lexington, KY.

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