Boss Like A Lady – Women Entrepreneur Series – Lisa Congdon, The Illuminator

To celebrate Women’s History Month, I am creating a limited hand-lettered and illustrated series of some women making history.  These women own their own creative businesses and make them successful despite many obstacles, including their own occasional self-doubt.  I hope they inspire you to make a little history of your own!

 
Lisa Congdon,
The Illuminator
Lisa Congdon, Artist, Illustrator & Author
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Fine artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful  abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design & hand lettering. She works for clients around the world including the MoMA, Harvard University, Martha Stewart Living, Chronicle Books, The Land of Nod, Simon & Schuster, and Cloud9 Fabrics, among many others. She exhibits her work around the country, including in shows at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Bedford Gallery.  A selection of her abstract works are currently available through New York’s Uprise Gallery. Lisa writes a popular daily blog about her work, life and inspiration called Today is Going to be Awesome. She is the author of five books, including the starving-artist-myth-smashing Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist, and illustrated books The Joy of Swimming, Fortune Favors the Brave, Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, Twenty Ways to Draw a Tulip and A Collection a Day. She was named one of 40 Women Over 40 to Watch in 2015. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

 

What is your greatest mistake? My greatest mistake was assuming someday I’d arrive at perfection if I just worked hard enough.

What is the best advice you ever received? The best advice I ever received was from my mom as a kid: stay focused on your own path.

What is the best source of inspiration? Travel and adventure.

What do you do when you get discouraged?  I remember that struggle is actually my friend.

What do you do when you doubt yourself? I eat lots of chocolate.

 

 

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