photo by Leslie Sophia Lindell Photography, 2011
The artist. Lisa comes from a family of creative people and has been making things with her hands since she was very small, but she did not begin painting or drawing until she was in her early 30’s. Once she started, she was hooked, and for the past 10+ years she has been drawing, painting and cutting paper nearly every day. She has no formal artistic training and is mostly self-taught. Congdon’s vast catalog of work is most often themed around her passion for nature, geometrics and folk pattern. In 2011, she had her first major solo show at Gallery Hijinks in San Francisco and was in her first museum show at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. You can learn more about Lisa by listening to her podcast interview with Meighan O’Toole. To read a complete interview with Lisa about her life in general, visit The Great Discontent. You can watch a video of Lisa talking about her life and work here. As always, you can look at pictures of her vast portfolio on her website.
The illustrator. In 2007 Lisa expanded her scope of work to include illustration. Her first three clients were Pottery Barn Teen, Chronicle Books and Poketo. Her client list now includes The Museum of Modern Art, Martha Steward Living Magazine, Hewlett Packard, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Target, Harper Collins, Land of Nod, Urban Outfitters, Running Press, Target and Trader Joe’s, among many others. Lisa loves pattern and surface design and in 2012 released her first line of wallpaper for Hygge and West. She has also illustrated several books.
The collector. An avid collector since the age of five, Lisa is the author of A Collection a Day. A Collection a Day started on January 1, 2010 as a personal blog project on which Lisa posted a photograph of one of her collections every day for 365 days. Numerous print and online publications wrote about the project over the course of the year (including The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle and the Canadian National Post). In early 2011 the blog was transformed into a book published by Uppercase in Canada. You can purchase a signed copy of the book directly from Lisa here or at a number of national and international bookstores.
The athlete. Lisa is an avid swimmer and cyclist. She’s been swimming her whole life, and for 11 years, she swam and coached on a team in San Francisco. She retired in 2006 to pursue her art career. Lisa still swims several times a week. Since then, she’s also taken up distance road cycling and has committed herself to climbing some of the steepest hills in the Bay Area of California on a regular basis. In June of 2012 she road her bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles as part of the California AIDS LIfecycle.
The homebody. Lisa lives in Oakland, California with her partner Clay Lauren Walsh, their adorable Chihuahua Wilfredo, and their two silly cats, Barry and Margaret. When she’s not making art, perusing flea markets for cool stuff or riding her bike, she enjoys cooking delicious meals for her partner and friends, watching films, listening to music and drawing in her sketchbook.