Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, Lisa Mohar is an artist and designer currently based in Brooklyn. With a clean & ebullient aesthetic, she works in a variety of mediums, including digital, paper cut, illustration, fashion/textile design, and hand lettering. Before diving into the visual art world, Lisa earned a BFA for vocal performance from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. She can be found in Williamsburg creating with her French Bulldog at her side.
A little more info...
I believe that what I create, regardless of the medium, is a direct reflection on who I am. My artistic aesthetic is the visualization of my personality and all that I've experienced in my life. I think many artists feel this way, and I try to carry this philosophy into most everything that I do.
So yes, all that I said above is true. I left Ohio almost a decade ago to come to New York at 18 to go to music school for singing, something I've worked on my whole entire life. At The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music I learned all about music theory, how good it feels to sing, and that I don't like a lot of jazz music. Although my life has shifted my focus away from music, my time at the New School taught me a ton about what it means to create and how to communicate through your art.
I've always been crafty and liked making stuff, but I didn't think I could anything other than music. I quickly got over that and realized I could do anything if I put in the work and there was passion there to do it.
I started with some non threatening collage work which led to paper cut art and which led to illustration and watercolor and digital work and typography, and then screen printing and fashion and calligraphy came next. The list will get longer as I get older.
I'm mostly self taught. I mean, I took some classes along the way, but I got better by spending hours planning and carrying out projects. I get as much satisfaction on reflecting on the process than the end result. I like my checked to do lists.
I like making things that people will use. Greeting cards came first, and now I'm working with textiles for clothing and accessories. I have an etsy store which is located here.
I've sold my work in a few different places like SPOONBILL & SUGARTOWN BOOKSELLERS (williamsburg), WORD (greenpoint), and BLUESTOCKINGS (lower east side). I'm always looking for new spots to sell, so if you know a guy/gal, contact me.
I also do commissioned art pieces/freelance design work.
I really do enjoy working with others. I also like talking with others about their art, my art, other peoples art, dogs, etc.
I'm inspired by the colorful things and people around me, Brooklyn, humorous situations, and the possibilities of what's next!
Roast Beef is the name of my French Bulldog and my better half.