DAD: Hi there, would you tell us a little about your artistic background?
LB: My artistic abilities began when I was a child and I started sketching dogs and horses, which came out of my love for animals. The sketches were created from crayons and coloured pencils. Wall murals were my next endeavour and by the time I was a high school student, my bedroom was covered in painted stories of medieval times and animal drawings. High school turned into a gateway to communicate with other people and receive orders for hand painted sweatshirts from photos, which led to my first art business, and the sale of my sweatshirts supported my art supplies and further education in art. Moving into college as a self taught artist I took a class with a professor who had an obsession with abstract art and at the time, abstractions were not something I understood so I was told I had no talent for the arts and to try my hand at ceramics or pottery. So I took a class in ceramics and fell in love with 3D media. I left school after I was let down by the art department and applied my drawing techniques to clay modelling and came out with some great examples of textured artworks. It was not until my late twenties when I received many compliments on my paintings and followed my artistic vision into acrylic paint and Ink on canvas.
I applied my drawing techniques to clay modelling and came out with some great examples of textured artworks. It was not until my late twenties when I received many compliments on my paintings and followed my artistic vision into acrylic paint and Ink on canvas.
DAD: When did you start your career as an artist?
LB: Because I am mainly a self taught artist, my professional career did not take form until I opened my own business 9 years ago. The business led to selling my artworks internationally and the Internet skyrocketed my career. I now have art in Australia, Great Britain, Canada, Spain and in all 50 United States with multiple original paintings and prints sold to clients in California, Florida, Boston MA and more. The Internet led me to eBay Auctions and other artist websites where I sell my works of art today.
DAD: Do you have a favourite artist or who and what are you inspired by at work?
LB: Yes, My favourite Artists are: Picasso, Salvador Dali, Hieronymus Bosch and modern day street artists from around the world.
DAD: Where do you get your ideas for your motifs?
LB: My ideas are like an ever flowing and non ending mountain of religion, macabre art, lowbrow ideas and representations of surrealistic figures and animals. Sometimes I wake up from a night’s sleep and have to sketch out the idea I dreamt about. But ideas have always been easy to come by. I live in my own world of fantasy and figurative art. Futuristic thoughts of robots and androids, Mexican folk art of the Day of the Dead, Tattoo Pin Up Girls, Zombies and anything that dwells in my mind.
DAD: Which materials / media / software do you use for your creations?
LB: I mainly use cotton duck canvas, acrylic paints and permanent Inks. 3D texture is also used for my abstract works and 3D acrylic paint was becoming my favourite medium in 2012.
DAD: How would you describe your style, how does your art spark interest in its beholder?
LB: My art can be very dramatic and striking to the eye because I like to use intense colour and modern compositions. My expressionistic / street art style is unique and comes from my mind. I have never been a rule follower and will never confirm to any rules of art or anyone Else’s opinion of what I should be doing. Art has always been my escape into another existence and it always will be. This is what I think makes my painting very different from a „follow the rules“ kind of artist. If I choose to change my style today, then I will paint whatever comes to mind.
DAD: What was your favourite project until now and why?
LB: I have a favourite project that I am working on now which is a custom order from one of my clients who owns multiple works of my art. It is a combination of Popeye and Roger Rabbit in a cubist style with many colours painted in a surreal world. I am anxious to see what it will look like when it is finished. It was my client’s idea and I have elaborated on it in my own style to create something dramatic, which will also make for a good conversation piece.
DAD: What are you working on at the moment and what future projects do you have in the pipeline that we may look forward to?
LB: I am working on more tattoo pin up girls in my modern style and am looking forward to my new ideas of mosaic type religious windows painted on canvas using acrylics and ink.
DAD: What keeps you awake at your work with graphical software, with pencils and colours or behind the camera?
LB: My ideas keep me awake and always hungry for more work to be done to see the outcome of an idea is the best feeling for me. I am always amazed at whats comes out, it is like someone else working through me and the final product is something I never expected.
DAD: Would you as an experienced artist give some advices to apprentices or newcomers in your area of art?
LB: Yes. Please do not ever give up on your art no matter what anyone tells you. I come from a family who discouraged me my whole life until my art starting making money. If it wasn’t for my personality of being a very strong and stubborn woman, I would have listened to them and never fulfilled my true calling. Art is a gift given to some if not all. Art should never be looked at as bad but as only the creativeness of someones mind to be seen by others. Who is to every say what is wrong or right in this world. We are still today in 2012 discovering new forms of life on our planet….The worst thing is to ever put a plug in creativity or freedom of thought! Always strive to be your best and keep going towards the gift you have been given no matter what it is. to be who you truly are is the greatest feeling whether you make money or not! I had been brought to tears many times by family members telling me I am a fool for believing in art and I am here to back up any artist who is going through the same thing. I will always stand behind you and behind the freedom of art and the beauty of all of us as a single entity in the universe. Be YOU! Draw it, photo it, write it down, We are all special in our own way – no one is less than anyone else. You will succeed, not through money but through yourself and your soul.