Lisa Stewart has taken some of her very precious time to join us today for Talking to Somebody. Many thanks Lisa, I am thinking of you and your family.
What is your work space like?
Well its just lovely, its the side room in a little apartment in Manly NSW. The light comes in and I have a wonderful pin board my Step Dad Ralph made and he stuck a table top on top of an old architect table for me. He also made the bookshelves up the top . Lucky me! Also the love of my life Stefan is always thinking of practical things to help me be organised. I'm not sure if you can see the toolbox which I have all my pencils paints etc in.
How do you record your ideas and thoughts for your work be it as a writer, illustrator/graphic designer?
I have lots of stetch books / visual diaries/ journels which I write in or try to every day. Often a sketch in one of these books then is used for a final picture or just a feeling. I always feel better too if I can put pencil to paper its a real theapry and I think a way of expressing emotions. I suppose I feel at peace when I'm sketching. It is the only way out of times of feeling sad or low for me. Music helps me too. I also love watching David Attenbourough and spend time watching his series to help draw places I can t see or be at so can sketch something like a baby platypus or try help me collage a baby cassowary or create a possum and its baby.
I would love to hear about a few of your favourite picture books.
Oh I have sooo many . But there is one that just amazed me as a four year old onwards called Sunnyside Up. Its a wordless picture book and I would stare at it for hours and hours wondering what it all meant. As I write to you I realise it has had a big influence on me. With being part of nature and I think animal and human rights.
What is your favourite thing about your home?
My husband Stefan and daughter Claire, all the amazing books , my bed - I seem to be always tired lately, the peacefulness Stefan creates, the friends who come to visit and that they feel comfortable here and that I really live surronded by nature that is my heaven on earth.
Growing up what did you want to do and be?
A concert violinist and secretly in my journels after the birth of my daughter Claire an Illustrator. I have been supported by many many people in making these dreams come true. Hundreds over the years of music making and now again with illustrating. I'm so lucky. I think illustrating is another form of giving, as is the music.
How does the city you live in influence your style?
Oh very much so Manly is divine I am so lucky to live here. I love the water the trees the lizards the birds the fish the sky the rain the trees the flowers the insects. The people.