Come to the river
120 x 150 cm
Price: R28933.00 or US2955.30
Oil on canvass
Interview with Leonie.e.Brown:
- WHO is your favorite artist.
- Definitely Errol Boyley, Turner, Constable and of course…van Gogh
- WHAT types of art do you prefer.
- I prefer ‘Fine art’, meaning that I am a traditionalist. I like paint on canvass.
- WHAT is your ‘method’
- I like traditional oils
- WHEN did you start
- I have been painting or drawing since childhood. It was not a deliberate decision to become an artist.
- WHERE do you want to go with this.
- I would like to know that my art is relevant to people and that it gives them something to think about.
- WHY did you start
- I had something to say
- How do you work?
- I start off by laying down an acrylic ground layer. I don’t really have a definite idea as to where it is going to go. I ‘listen’ to what the painting is trying to tell me.
- What’s your background?
- I have a degree in Fine Arts, a diploma in teaching and 20 years experience in graphics, marketing and teaching.
- What’s integral to the work of an artist?
- What role does the artist have in society?
- It reflects where society is going, the current trends and feelings, and the hopes, dreams and fears of its people.
- How has your practice change over time
- I have become more relaxed about what I do. I used to force myself to produce x 4 pieces (in oil) per month. The quality of my work suffered. Now I only produce x 1 piece per month. But that’s OK, as it ads to its final value. I can only produce so many pieces in my lifetime.
- What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?
- Not good ones. I did not have a good childhood.
- What themes do you pursue?
- I prefer doing work that encourages and makes people feel hope. I suffered from depressions and hopelessness most of my life. We live in a hopeless society. If we do not have faith in something better, there is nothing to live for. I used to make art that reflected that hopeless state of mind and sold well. But I do not want to be that person any more. I want to give people a message of hope, that there is something and someone to believe for and in.
- What’s your scariest experience?
- Being lonely
- What’s your favorite art work?
- Difficult question. Go look at my Pinter-est site. http://pinterest.com/leonielifeart/boards/
- Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
- Mm-mm, difficult one. I wouldn’t say its anything specific. For me its more the moments that I enjoy. Walking along the beach with my dogs, the wind in my hair. The fall of rain on the roof, riding my horse in the forest, spending time reading a good book. Its about being thankful for those little things that makes me want to pint. I want to show something of that feeling of awe in my work.
- What’s your most embarrassing moment?
- I have so many, I permanently stand with my foot in my mouth, but it must have been the one where the dog peed on my back while I was sitting on Camps Bay beach!
- What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
- Teacher, Graphic Designer, marketing, waitress, barman, cook on a yacht, jewelry stand designer, visual display manager
- Why art?
- Why not? We are essentially created and creative beings.
- What is an artistic outlook on life?
- Live every day with great fullness
- What memorable responses have you had to your work?
- People emailing me telling me how much my art meant to them or changed their lives.