Friday, February 15, 2013

Fearless Friday - Meet Lisa Hainline!

Lisa Hainline

For thirty-five years Lisa Hainline has developed the visual vocabulary to say a thousand words with one picture. For the past three decades, Lisa has produced and directed custom graphic design for ad agencies, corporations, radio stations, hospitals, banks, manufacturers, local retailers, and magazines.

She recalls graduating from high school with a passion for advertising and a meager portfolio.  Pounding the pavement and looking for work, she drew the attention of a creative director for a large advertising agency. 

“He was so impressed with my portfolio and taken with my passion and drive that he made a call to a colleague at a local art studio that housed 35 illustrators. I ran 8 blocks and entered into a world of opportunity after opportunity. I learned from the best while having the chance to be a part of exciting work for national accounts.”

Lisa grew in talent and skill over the years, owning two private design studios and became the Senior Art Director for a mid-sized ad agency. Soon after, Lisa went solo, freelancing out of her home while homeschooling her daughter for eighteen years. 

With daughter newly married, Lisa has again turned her attention to private studio ownership, catering to businesses and authors who need the expertise and talent of a professional graphic designer without the high costs of hiring an ad agency.

A Personal Life, Too
Lisa dedicates much of her off-design time to helping people heal from emotional pain through her ministry website at

She also spends time on the joys of her life: her dedicated husband John, and newly-married daughter Samantha, who is equally creative as well. Moving up the ladder of loves is her droopy-eyed Labrador named Harley, sometimes Bo, and other times, Jasper-one confused puppy.

Lisa says: My writings are on and not into printed book form as of yet. Working on that as my editor nags at me!

Your unique talent: Gosh, I use my gifts every day in design and creativity, and also draw realistic portraits, but how unique is that? I used to be able to do a back bend to the point of touching my head with my butt, and was the family “pet attraction” when young, but a fused spine disallows that now.

Share something not many people know about you: I had the opportunity to sing in chamber choirs across Europe at the age of 18 and sang under the conductor Leonard Bernstein in Vienna (1976). OMG, did I just date myself?!

Answers to the survey:

Are you a “pet person” or prefer no pets? No, I spent so much time caring for my daughter with multiple diseases, homeschooling and in and out of doctors, that I ended up giving my dog to my lonely sister. Kittys are cute though!

Would you rather travel or stay at home? STAY HOME! Done roaming. I have clients who keep begging me to come to their home for a weekend slumber party, or event for their book, and my editor nags me into attending a book conference here or there but I’m still in survival mode, hiding away in the mountains after moving across country, after many family crisis’s and loss.

Do you read more or write more? Neither.
Prefer cake or pie? Cheesecake or Tiramisu! Or is that a psychological question with hidden meaning?   

Would, or do, ride a motorcycle or prefer to ride/drive a car?

Bus or taxi or walk?  none of the above! Can’t walk far but my husband thought that I needed a big 4-wheel drive up here in the mountains, considering the hills and snow. The neighborhood knows when I start that diesel and I can’t park anywhere, so I stay home more. AND I get too much notice! What is it with men and bright big shiny trucks?!

Are you part of a big church congregation or a small church? TINY, but who have a heart for worship, and the youth, and a ministry to those on the street. My healing site ministers to many and we pray for healing for those who want it. We also have a ministry to lead the kids at the RAVES to the Lord ( and so I’m so blessed to see the Lord moving and move in that anointing towards the advancement of the Kingdom.

Do you like to telephone people or prefer to use e-mail? Email, but people want to talk and I’m always available, but I do ‘hide’ from time to time.
Are you happy or joyful? I’m an artist. We’re never totally joyful all the time but are tortured souls. I do have joy in the Lord way more than I ever have in my life so I guess I could say I’m up and down. J

Do you eat at home or eat out? HOME! After gourmet cooking for years, I’m whooped, and as empty nesters and my husband on the road much, I’m thankful to be released from my food addiction.
Listen to music or prefer quiet? Quiet…enough noise already. I DO listen to prophetic worship in the mornings as I get into my “Daddy Presence” time, for worship, prayer and to listen and wait and receive from Him.

Prefer sunrises or sunsets?  I’m usually up only for sunsets, however I think it’s amazing to experience a part of the day that you don’t usually experience, whether it’s 3 am and you step out to see Orion right above you, or a sunrise like the one I captured on the way to the doctors’ one morning (attached). Being so not used to the California dry climate and yet amazed at living above the clouds, every time I get up in the middle of the night I quickly step outside on my balcony and breath deep and enjoy the night air that is not bitter like it is in Wisconsin, where I’m from.  I think both sunset and sunrises are God’s reminder of His light and power, something apart from ourselves that shows beauty beyond what we can control, and yet signaling new beginnings, and what needs to be put to bed (the past). I know, sappy, but since my spinal surgeries, I’ve not been able to see the past or the future, only able to focus on today. It may be a brain-thing but I choose to see it as a GOD-thing.

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  1. Hi, Lisa glad to know you better! Thanks for joining the group.

  2. Thanks Lisa for the warm welcome! I hope to be a help to as many people as I can.

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  4. I can honestly say, Lisa is about the only person who rivals me for being a night owl. Getting up for sunsets, love it!