My name is Lisa Haskell but I go by Itty or Itty Creations. I got the nickname ‘Itty’, short for Itty bitty, from my Mom when I was very young and it was with her, that I found and fell in love with art.
Since coloring books, play dough, and paint by numbers, I’ve embraced just about every medium art has to offer. Finding passion in many traditional mediums, from pencil drawing, sculpting, acrylic and oil painting. These passions lead me to The Art Institute of Las Vegas - where I was able to hone my traditional passions, as well as open the horizon to the evolving digital art world. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts & Animation, gaining an array of knowledge, perspective and many more strong interests - from 3D and 2D animation, graphic design, digital illustration to video editing and photography, to name a few.
After College, I got a job as lead artist for a company whose focus was immersive projection mapping on casinos walls. Where, myself and a team of four other artist designed themed virtual reality experiences, that were then integrated into live slot game play. After some internal financial issues, many employees were laid off and or stopped receiving payroll, to which my boyfriend (now husband) and I (both working together at the time) seized that moment of limbo, to make the move we both passively talked about, but low-key longed for, to move from Las Vegas, Nevada to Washington State on a whim.
Twenty five years of fast paced, big city living, was no match for this ‘stop and smell the roses’ (in this case Douglas furs) hippie at heart. I quickly fell in love with nature and horticulture just as much as I did art. After some failed attempts to find art related jobs in the surrounding cities, country living drew me in deeper, much like every one of my passions. Working a few different jobs to keep the electricity on, but always considering myself as a Freelance Artist, first. Making and selling art to friends and family has always been something that has brought me the most joy. Eventually, realizing investing in myself, the lifestyle I want to live, and the art I want to create was worth more to me, then becoming another number, building up someone else’s brand that I already learned once, could collapse at any minute. It was around this time, ‘Till Death Do I Paint’ was born. A brand I created as a vow to myself - and for others, to do the things you love to do, no matter what, for the rest of your life. To paint, to create, to design, to mold, to grow and to sow the seeds you want to reap and flourish- 'till death do I paint'… your own reality.
Long story short, this is where I am, this is who I am ; an artist, a painter, a creator, a sculptor, a gardener, a person manifesting many dreams into reality.
To end this ‘About Me’ with just two more things I love, a cheers and a quote...
CHEERS to the journey of following passions, embracing new things, and utilizing everything you learn to 'paint’ your own happiness, whatever it may look like.
“I am an artist at living- my work of art is my life.“ - D.T Suzuki
Whether you’ve been following my journey for quite some time, or if you’re new here, a sincere thank you for taking the time to learn an itty bit more about me, I hope I was able to inspire you in some way. As always, your support is greatly appreciated but not required.
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