Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Etsy Feature - ♥Leoa Design Studio♥

Etsy Feature: ♥Leoa Design Studio♥

Shop Name: Leoa Design Studio

What do you make? I am a painter and printmaker by trade. Currently, I make smaller scale mixed media pieces. Mostly acrylic, watercolor, and/or pencil on paper or canvas.

How did you first pick up your craft? I have been making art as far as I can remember. I graduated from art school with a BFA in 2001 and have in the last few years found my way back to creating on a full time basis.

What are you inspired by? I get a good deal of inspiration from my own life. The human condition and daily life are my biggest inspirations. I try to keep my eyes and mind open to everything. Sometimes I will be out for coffee and hear a fraction of a conversation and it will inspire a painting. Another thing that has served as a great inspiration is being a mother. I find myself looking to my family history and old photographs, which has lead to a new batch of paintings that I am currently working on.

Tell me about yourself: I graduated from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2001 with a BFA in painting and printmaking. After graduation, I worked at a mutual fund company doing the least artistic thing I could possibly do. When I became pregnant with my son last year, I decided it was time to live my dream and be a full time artist. I run Leoa Design Studio out of my home doing freelance fine art, graphic design, and wedding album design. I still live in Milwaukee, WI with my son Elliot.

Other etsy shops you love:
Pistachio Press
VerreEncore
Wonderhorse
Jacksonswift

Advice for fellow artists/crafters? I think the best thing any artist/crafter can do is just follow their heart and intuition. Don't worry so much about what others are doing or what the new fads are. Just do what you love and it will happen. I am not sure who said this but I've always loved this quote, "Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire." That "fire" will come across in the work that you do.

1 comment:

Helen said...

Nice blog and great feature. I love her work!