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Check Out Lisa Barker’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Barker.

Hi Lisa, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I knew from my elementary school days that I loved art. I was blessed to have amazing parents that championed my talents, and many great art instructors that taught me so much through school and later at Utah State University. For me, the creative process brings immense value to my life. While it can be thought of as an escape (to create art), it also is a grounding platform that helps me realize my worth and my role in this life. I am a woman. I am an artist. I am a wife, and I am a mother to two beautiful teenagers, and trust me, these days, I do not take that role lightly. Our children need us as parents to be present and nurture them more than ever!

About five years ago, I finally made the decision to open a business and take my art public. It was an immense undertaking with much to learn and do. Starting a business is no joke. I am blessed to have a husband that fully encouraged and supported me as we transitioned our life and home to fit an art studio where I can paint and where we also build custom frames for my paintings. After a groundbreaking 2019, everything came to a standstill in 2020, and we all know why. My silver lining is, that time spent at home with my family, the uncertainty in the world, and the emotional challenges we were all experiencing helped me create one of my best art collections to date. My “After The Storm” series released in the Spring of 2021. All 11 paintings sold in less than 3 months. It was a turning point in my art career that helped propel me forward, and gave me the confidence to keep painting and creating.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
An artist’s mind and heart can be a delicate thing to navigate. While we feel the urge to create, we often get caught up in self-doubt.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I work mainly in acrylics and mixed media on canvas. My paintings speak to the pull we experience on this earth to our horizons. I often talk about finding our individual horizons, and to take time to gaze at them. It is both physical and emotional. We can see where the sky meets the earth from our homes and communities where we live. We all have that spot to the north, south, east, and west where we can gaze upon and know where we are. Here in Northern Utah, we are blessed with our gorgeous Wasatch mountains to the east, and the great white desert to the west. It makes for some of the most spectacular horizons in all of the Western United States. My paintings focus on these concepts in an abstract way, using my favorite indigo hues as my signature color. Each peak and valley when contrasted with the sky above have meaning and represents our lives, our past, or even a moment in time. Our “horizon views” change daily based on our own emotions and also literally through the atmospheric currents that flow through the earth. We watch and experience storms as they approach in our lives and peak in our minds, but the best part is when the sun and stars come out afterwards.

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Indigo Sky Designs

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