Catching up With Lisa Nightshade by Liam Horn

Jozi-Deep spoke with Lisa NightShade a creative local artist who has true sense of style and wonder with a real passion for the arts and the lifestyle involved, She was one of the first creative Jozi-Deep ever spoke with and has remained a great supporter of local creativity. Here’s what she had to say:


1.With such a unique sense of creativity and imagination how would you describe your style as an artist?

My style swings between dark art and surrealism: It’s not quite horror, but it’s also not exactly happy landscapes and sunshine. The scale tips from time-to-time, depending on where my inspiration falls.


I prefer the pencil over the paintbrush, because it gives me more control to blend textures for a more realistic look. I want my creatures to look real enough to believe that they could exist in this universe.


2.What are some of the latest sketches / creations you’ve been working on ?


I’m working on a few things at the moment J


Delusions of disintegration: A series of graphite pencil illustrations with gold acrylic accents.


I’ve also started creating art for 2 up-coming art challenges: Inktober and Drawlloween. Inktober is a month long art challenge created by artist Jake Parker that is focused on challenging artists to improve their skills.  Every day for the month of October anyone participating in the Inktober challenge creates an ink drawing and posts it online. Drawlloween, is a Halloween-themed challenge, also running every day for the month of October, but any medium is welcome. I’m participating in Mab Graves’ Drawlloween challenge.


You can follow the challenges on Instagram:





3.Can you tell us a bit more about the thoughts behind your creations?


I often ruminate about my own mortality, which led me to a macabre daydream wherein I thought of fantastical ways to disintegrate like ashes in the wind. This gave birth to my Delusions of Disintegration series. Nature plays a huge part in my creative process.  I’m always collecting leaves, feathers and branches whenever I’m in need of some inspiration. There’s nothing more breath-taking than an autumn leave doing a little spiraled dance towards the ground. I’m always looking for ways to tell the story of my creations in a unique way that resonates with my soul.


4.How has Jozi defined or effected your journey as an artist?


The fast pace of the Jozi pulse kept me on my toes and ready to work hard in every aspect of my life. Jozi is where it all started: sitting in many coffee shops, doodling away on a piece of paper. It is where I honed my skills as an artist, where I studied graphic design, where I projected my voice on a stage. It is also where I threw in the towel countless times. But the city has a way of pulling you up by the collar and saying: keep moving. And not to mention the electric storms. I find comfort in the Jozi night sky after a huge thunderstorm. It seems to shake out all my creative blockages, making way for a fresh idea. Jozi will always be a part of my soul.


5.What can we expect from you in the next 5 years?


I’m working on creating my own Tarot deck, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’d also love to do collaborations with local artists such as Kali van der Merwe:


I’m also looking into alternative ways for artists to exhibit their work in a digital art gallery.


6.Who are some of your biggest influences when it comes to imagery as creative as yours?


I’m in absolute awe of all the talented artists I get to share a planet with. My social media feed is filled with artists who are established in their careers and artists who are at the starting point.


My biggest influences are Christina Mrozik, Aunia Kahn, Mab Graves, Miles Johnston, and Allen Williams (to name but a few). Their art inspires me to keep creating and to keep evolving as an artist.

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