I was born in upstate New York in 1968. My family lived in a quaint suburban neighborhood of tree-lined streets. From my mother's brightly colored 1970s decor that mixed avocado-green hues with aqua and rust, to her owl figurine collection (which I have since inherited and added to), to the vast birch forests that butted up against the edges of our neighborhood, the colors and sights of my early days left an indelible mark on my psyche. Birch Forest No. 7 (my seventh and by far the smallest birch forest painting) and Owl No. 1 are part of Little Pink Houses, a body of work created with my friend and fellow artist, Mati McDonough. We conceived the collaboration upon discovering our mutual love for John Cougar Mellencamp's famous melody. Little Pink Houses is an homage to many of our mutual loves, including the color pink, all things of the forest and our "idyllic" childhoods living in suburbia.
Lisa Congdon is a San Francisco-based illustrator and fine artist. Raised in both Upstate New York and Northern California, she grew to love the trees and animals that surrounded her. That love is now expressed through her colorful paintings and drawings. Her clients include Chronicle Books, Running Press, Harper Collins Publishing, Target, Pottery Barn Teen, Urban Outfitters, Land of Nod and Random House Publishing. Lisa regularly exhibits her work at galleries across the U.S. She is the author of A Collection a Day
, which was spawned from a 2010 creative endeavor. Lisa and her work have been featured in Martha Stewart Living
, the New York Times
, the San Francisco Chronicle
magazine. Lisa lives in the Mission District of San Francisco with her partner, Clay Lauren Walsh, her 10-pound chihuahua, Wilfredo, and her two cats, Barry and Margaret. She works at her studio, which is several blocks from her home. She's an avid cyclist, swimmer and vegan. Visit Lisa's art and illustration website at www.lisacongdon.com