Lisa Griest

Well, well, we have the artist with us again. How utterly utterly.

Flannery O’Connor

I recently spent time painting with the figurative artist Agnese Udinotti. Anyone who visits her “Hall of Reverence,” as she calls her studio, is inevitably influenced by her work. Eventually, like a bird kicking her babies out of their nest, she will issue the command: “Find your own images!”

She’s right. Each of us has our own library of internal images.  When we bring forth these images through the process of art-making, they can help us come to know ourselves at the deepest level. It is in this spirit of discovery that I am currently expanding my work from sculpture to include painting, printmaking, and mixed media assemblage.

As for the title of my website: what is an artist? Flannery O’Connor, one of the giants of American literature, was also one of the most humble, quietly pounding out stories after her daily morning mass. If you asked her, she would probably say that artists are people who make things. We hope that the things we make will be “rare events, healing enlightenments,” as Francesco Clemente writes. When they’re not (usually they’re not), we ALWAYS learn something in the process.

Because what matters is the making. Any other description of what we do is just so utterly utterly.

I live in Prescott, Arizona with my husband and three Basset Hounds. A former library director, I now spend as much time as I can in my studio, aka “My Happy Place.”

An old photo. I am a lot taller now…