In my head I was and always will be Anne of Green Gables, and I grew up across the street from my kindred spirit, Diana Berry, also known as Lisa Covelli, now Lisa Papadopoulos.
We spent our childhood playing “olden days,” putting on plays and making books. Lisa I called the “draw person,” while I did the writing. Our most well known manuscript in the neighborhood (I still have it) was called MeMe Monkey Saves the Day. MeMe was born in the back room at my Grandma’s house. As our biggest fan, my Grandma would set us up with a table and tools and then serve us snacks while we perfected our craft.
Today, Lisa is a “draw person” and so much more. I am still writing; and while we are no longer neighbors we have found a virtual space to share our passions and have some fun! Lisa designed the incredible logo now on the top of the PBH homepage (see three different versions below). A huge THANK YOU, Lisa, and welcome to the PBH!
I’ll let Lisa tell you more about her work…
For the last nine years I have worked as an art educator in a public community school district teaching courses in a variety of media, such as darkroom and digital photography, drawing, painting, and ceramics. I am lucky to have had wonderful teaching experiences. My students have become a great inspiration to me as an artist, offering a creative freedom I would not have otherwise been connected or exposed to.
Today, I often dream of becoming a working artist. I enjoy painting and ceramics, and also specialize in the realm of drawing and illustration, particularly with the human face and figure. I find the work of Norman Rockwell absolutely fascinating, and often see myself inadvertently mimicking a similar approach to his expressions. Over the years I have occasionally worked as a caricature artist on the side, and I have created many figurative designs for a local yoga studio in my area.
When creating illustrations, I typically start with pencil, ball point pens, or charcoal. I then choose to incorporate ink, printmaking techniques, watercolor, oil or acrylic paint, or colored pencil. When my pieces are finished I usually photograph the artwork and make minor alterations using Photo Shop on the computer.
This year I am hoping to develop more illustrative work, inspired by the young faces of the children I currently teach. In addition, I have an adorable pug and cat (Bobby and Sophia) who are a constant animation in my life. They are just waiting for me to draw them.
I look forward to sharing my illustrations with you at The Picture Book House and discovering new creative avenues for my work to grow.