1) Walk me through a typical day in the studio for you?
LM: I start brainstorming ideas and colour schemes in advance and print out images that have inspired me with their colours or compositions. I carve out a 2-3 hour time slot in my home studio 2 or 3 times a week and start each new series with compositional sketches and colour studies. Once I’m happy with these, I get to the exciting (and messy!) part of putting paint onto canvas. My studio, and in return my artwork, becomes a safe space for embracing my thoughts and reflections, and I hope others experience a similar feeling when in front of my work.
2) What is something viewers might not know about your work?
LM: The surface can be an illusion! Behind most of my paintings are the fragments of past works or complete erasures of works that felt off. The marks that are left behind, some intentional and unintentional, shape and lift the composition you see before you. I secretly love the idea that some day in the future people may be seeking to see what’s below the surface as well.
3) What is the most challenging part of your process as an artist and what is most rewarding?
LM: Challenging: Not being able to paint what’s in my head when I first start a new piece! My whole process is about creating layers of rich details within a simplified structure but sometimes the canvas and life in general have other ideas. So I try to welcome the mistakes as well as the triumphs and celebrate the beauty within each mark or colour that makes my heart feel at ease. My art changes as my world does, and so each series adapts and connects the past and present with the beauty and balance within. Rewarding: It’s so rewarding when I get to see my works in their new homes, and I love even more to meet my lovely collectors! They inspire me to continue painting and exploring my pure and raw emotions so that we all can benefit from a more beautiful and colourful world.
4) Is there any advice you have for artists/creators during this difficult time?
LM: As I also run the New Artist Fair and Talented Art Fair (coming up soon from 1-3 July 2022 at Brighton Racecourse), I always say to our artists that you must be willing to invest time and money in your own artistic path. You must choose what kind of artist you want to be and then set out a path to achieve your goals. People can only see or experience your work if you put it out there! Art fairs, online gallery spaces like DegreeArt and social media are all great ways to show and sell your work, and by being invested in yourself, others will follow suit. Always be nice and remember your reasons for wanting to be an artist!