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Daily Inspiration: Meet Lisa Scarbath

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Scarbath.

Lisa, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
In the fall of 2019, just before the pandemic shut down the world, I decided to pursue my passion for making art full time.

In my previous careers, I was an attorney and then an undergraduate legal studies adjunct professor. The pivotal point for me came when I learned that the other candidate had gotten the job I was interviewing for at my university. The very next day, I took three of my artworks to a local art league gift shop to sell.

When all three sold on the first day, I took that as a sign of where to focus my energy, and I have loved every minute!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
The biggest obstacle I face is time. There are so many things I want to learn about different techniques and materials and so many projects that I want to try and just not enough hours in a day!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a Resident Artist at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City, MD. Mainly self-taught, I create mosaic wall art, decor, furniture, and custom pet portraits. My art is diverse because I enjoy experimenting with different materials based on my vision of the finished project.

I alternate between cutting colorful stained glass for realistic pet portraits or vintage wooden window scenes, to getting my hands dirty with slate and rocks for more abstract, organic projects. Upcycling broken plates, bowls, and cups of China and ceramic presents challenges of color, shape, and density when transforming them into alternative compositions.

I also use found objects such as watch parts, jewelry, toy pieces, charms, and almost any other small bits to make mosaic bouquets or embellished 3D creatures such as blue crabs. My mosaics range from realistic to abstract, functional, meaningful, and thought-provoking to just plain fun. I want to challenge the viewer to find something new each time they look at one of my finished pieces.

My favorite project so far has been my large, community-sourced mosaic project celebrating Ellicott City’s 250th anniversary. In 2021, I invited the public to send me material to be included in a mosaic. More than 80 people and organizations sent in their “stuff and stories” sharing why they feel Ellicott City is a special town.

The finished project, “Pieces of History: EC250 Mosaic,” consists of 6 parts depicting iconic images from the historic Main Street area.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
I would love the opportunity to collaborate with others! Anyone can connect with me through social media, my website or by stopping by my studio at the Howard County Center for the Arts.  I feel so blessed to have had the support of my family, friends, customers and the community so far in my emerging art career, but I invite everyone to check out my art online and in person.  I always look forward to meeting new friends.

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