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Daily Inspiration: Meet Garrett Lisby

Today we’d like to introduce you to Garrett Lisby.

Hi Garrett, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My name is Garrett Lisby. I have always been interested in art, even at a young age. In grade school, my notebooks and agenda would be full of doodles and drawings. The drawing was always a way to tune out whatever was going on around me. It was and is a great stress reliever for me.

At Taylor University, I never took any formal drawing classes. However, I still drew all the time in my notebooks. It was during college that I started to draw skylines. The drawings would be from memory. Whatever buildings I could remember. It was never anything serious, or for anyone else. They were just for fun.

After graduating college and starting a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in Florida, I began drawing skylines again. To start, I drew a cityscape of my hometown of Indianapolis. My wife, Megan who is also in Physical Therapy (PT) school with me, was looking at my drawings one day and said, “You should try and sell these!” I had never really thought about it before.

For me, drawing was just a hobby and something to do. But then, I started to think, would people buy these? So, that’s what I tried. Megan convinced me to put my artwork on display with a website called Redbubble. I have received so much positive feedback from customers.

The experience has been an excellent opportunity to produce art that people connect with, enjoy, and share.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
One of the biggest struggles that I have faced currently is time.

Time has always been a limiting factor for me. Being a full-time DPT student makes it difficult to produce new products and new art pieces. I have an ongoing list of projects I have wanted to work on but have not had the time to do so. I am currently at my second of three clinical rotations for DPT school.

Clinicals are over 50 hours a week, and I am also studying to take my physical therapy national licensing exam in January. There are truly not enough hours in the day sometimes. Thankfully, my customers have been very supportive and understanding of this.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Currently, I am a full-time Doctor of Physical Therapy student and plan to graduate this December.

My digital art company, GHL Digital Art, specializes in cityscapes. My goal for my cityscapes is not necessarily to recreate a skyline. However, it is to spotlight buildings and architecture that people connect within their hometowns or in meaningful cities.

I want the cityscapes to remind people what it feels like to be home.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
There are so many talented artists in the digital space right now. Anyone can pick up a tablet and upload their art to any number of sites to sell their works.

The challenge is the ability to market yourself as an artist and find your niche space. Finding what makes you happy as an artist while also producing a product that your consumers enjoy is all a balancing act.

As more and more individuals have access to digital media platforms, I think the quality and quantity of designs will continue to increase.

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