Interview with the artist / Finally finished! ‘Come to the river’

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?
  • Faith
  • 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?
  • 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.

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