Who are you and how long have you been an artist?
My name is Laura Farrell. I think I have been an artist my whole life. When I was young my parents let me draw all over my yellow bedroom walls.
Professionally I have been in business for ten years.
What medium(s) do you work in & why?
I work mostly in acrylic. I like how quickly they dry allowing me to multiple layers at a time. Most recently I have started using gold leaf in my paintings and I am loving this medium.
What is your creative process like?
My creative process usually begins with some idea that will change many many times. I will look through magazines for inspiration, read books, listen to music, have conversations, meet people, and somehow out of all that mashed up in my brain, creation begins. I like my pieces to tell a story, so the more stories I hear, the more I have to share.
What is the best art-related advice you’ve received?
The best advice I have ever received is to trust yourself. It applies to many things but definitely the arts. Go with your gut, listen to it, be true to it, and no matter what always be true to yourself.
What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?
Besides the expected answer of finances, I think the biggest challenge to being an artist is to keep yourself immersed in an arts community. There is a lot about the creative world that many people do not understand and it is important to be around people who can.
Choose one piece that you currently have on display at Artomatic and tell the story of that piece.
One piece currently on display at Artomatic is ‘The Laws of Attraction I’. This piece shows how closely related science and art are and how there are things in our daily landscapes we either cannot see or take for granted. For example all the particles floating in the air. The equation highlighted is the equation for the physical law of attraction. We are all attracted to things, we are attracted more than repelled, to each other, to nature, to love. This painting reminds me that there is more to life than what we can see.
What is your favorite part of the Artomatic experience so far?
My absolute favorite part of the Artomatic experience is simply being around other artists. Everyone is working at different levels in several different mediums and this is the one place where the arts really do come together. It is really beautiful.
What is your website (or other method of contact):
I can be contacted via email: Laura@LMIStudiosInc.com or web: LMIStudiosInc.com