Meet Lisa Avery
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How did you start creating?
I think we are all born to create. It is something that needs to be nurtured if it is to grow. I have always been creative in different ways throughout my life. My husband and I used to refinish furniture. When my family was young I loved painting and decorating our home. My husband would come home from work and the bedroom just might be a different color. I sewed everything from curtains to Halloween costumes. I loved planning events for the school my children attended, all opportunities to be creative. I channeled that creativity into a hairdressing career at 36 and fast forward 20 years to when my youngest child went off to college. I had closed up my hair salon that I had in my home and my nest was empty. Then when looking to paint an old desk, I discovered this new kind of paint, a chalk paint that could do amazing things. The rest is kind of history. I spend this season of my life in my studio doing what I love. Every day filled with creativity!
Favorite thing you have ever created?
Each piece I paint is personal and special to me in their own way. That’s like asking who is your favorite child. But I have challenged myself with always learning new techniques and I am really proud with my Raku finish desk and the Bridgerton Buffet.
Favorite Paint and Color to work with?
When I started painting furniture there were not as many paints available. I started with the original chalk Annie Sloan and I didn’t experiment with anything else for years. Then along came Eye Love Hue Paint and my experience with as many different mediums as possible. I also really enjoy working with DIY clay based paint. I am a hairdresser by nature so color is everything to me, I can’t pick a favorite but am often drawn to blues and greens.
Something most do not know about you
I am related to Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. We are definitely more of the Grey Garden’s Bouvier’s but from the same trunk of the tree about 5 limbs down!🤣
Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I always wanted to be a hairdresser. Growing up I lived next door to in my eyes the real Barbie and Ken. Barb was the quintessential 60’s housewife with perfect hair and nails. She was always at the “Beauty Shop” and I needed to be in on that! My mother however had other plans and I was not allowed. So off to college I went, got married and had my 4 amazing humans and at 38 I went to hairdressing school. It took a while but I did it!
If you could choose anywhere in the world to live, where would it be and why?
Home is where the heart is❤️ My husband and I left the Adirondack Mts when we were young and traveled cross country to Los Angeles where we lived for several years and traveled all over the country. We ultimately made our way back home after 10 years and bought the home that I grew up in. I would not want to live anywhere else in the world.
Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me...
In my studio listening To music and creating!
How do you want people to remember you?
I have never cared much what people think of me but as I get closer to the final season of my life I guess it would nice to be remembered for being the mom that I always wanted to be, raising 4 of the most incredible humans that are leaving their mark in the world. In the end they are my greatest gift and accomplishment
My Favorite Recipe
2 pkg English muffins sliced in half
2 -5 oz jars Kraft Old English cheese
1 stick butter
2 tsp Mayo
2 7oz cans crab meat
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp season salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1. Mix all I ingredients, spread on English muffins cut in quarters with pizza cutter
2.-Broil until golden brown