Today, we are glad to introduce you an artist from The City of Light. Just like Paris, she exudes love and passion that can easily be seen through her art and her smile. Her name is Leona Rose. At 31, she is busy pursuing and living the dream of being an artist while traveling the world.
Her murals will inspire you and will make you realize how beautiful it is to be alive. We are blessed that she accepted our invitation to interview her and to get to know more about her work and how she started in the world of visual arts. It is very impressive how she has made so many art in only a span of 2 and a half years. Ladies and gents, once again, we give you- Leona Rose.
An Interview with Leona Rose
APA: What is the root/birth/foundation of your creativity… how did you get started?
Leona: I have always love drawing, since I was a child. But then, I stopped during about 12 years, I had other hobbies, like piano, yoga... One day, after spending my week working, it was Sunday, I had time, and I decided to create a new drawing, it was a graphic elephant, called Abel. I posted it on my Facebook, and I had received a lot of words and messages from my friends telling me I should keep on drawing.
It was the first of a bigger serie of black and white and graphic animals, with flowers and feather.
APA: Who do you admire artistically? Who has influenced your work? Who do you study?
Leona: Matisse and Klimt are the artist that I love the most. My travels (for example in Guatemala, Cuba, Cambodia...) colors and people I have met in different countries inspire me all day. I follow the sun! I have studied at Les Beaux Art de Paris, following night curses, while travelling in real estate.
I love to get lost in jungles, it makes me feel relaxed, connected to nature, and inspired.
APA: What legacy do you want to leave?
Leona: Nothing, I started from scratched. My mother is also a painter and sometimes she makes carvings.
APA: What do you want people to obtain when they look at your work?
Leona: To bring happiness, and colors in their mind, their life. To make them smile, laugh! For instance I love to draw crazy hippies animals, chilling at the beach, or napping in leopard underwear, with heart glasses. It's my kind of family.
APA: What do you think your purpose is?
Leona: I want to travel the world to bring color everywhere. I painted especially with kids in difficulty, in NGO, orphanages... To make them laugh, fulfill themselves, to take them minds off things and the difficult things they are living every day. I would love to promote vocations, and maybe one day they will become famous painter. :)
APA: What is your workflow? What is your creative process from start to finish?
It screenshot pictures I liked, which inspire me, or I printed it and fix them on my inspirational wall in front of my desk. Then, I choose a music playlist, depending on my vibe. And I started to sketch :).
I also love to get flowers on my desk, it always gaves me ideas.
APA: What is your opinion of art in the 21st century?
They are still a lot of disparities between country in the world. People are living in complicated conditions, starving, they need for care, education. When you live in France, you are really lucky and sometimes you are not conscious about what is happening abroad. I also feel really concerned and angry about big firms, lobbies, who seek profit at any price, without taking into account conservation of the environment, or the consequences on some population, or also endangered species.
APA: What advice would you give to other inspiring artists?
Leona: Follow your dream. Don't be scared to live your passion! Who tries nothing has nothing! Listen to people who encourage you, and stay focused on your objective.
APA: What is one mistake every artist should avoid?
Leona: You have to try different material, technics to see what suits you the most. And learn how to use it step by step. For me, first time I have painted with spray paint, it was a real disaster! -_-
And always get a mask or protection when you paint :)
APA: What do you do to keep going when you are not motivated or inspired to create?
Leona: Listen to music. Make a break. Meet your friends. And keep travelling.
APA: What artists influence your work most?
Leona: Klimt and Matisse, definitely.
APA: What most often inspires your work?
Leona: Travelling, following the sun, and meeting new people. I love to see new colors, new shape in different countries. Sometimes, when I met kids in orphanages, I am also really sensible to their stories.
APA: What is the most challenging part about being an artist?
Leona: Being independent, and most of the time alone while creating.
APA: What is the best part about creating art?
Leona: Bringing happiness in people life!
APA: What do you wish you knew about the art business before you got started?
Leona: In Paris, it is difficult when you started, because your client always ask for references, and a portfolio.
APA: What do you believe is essential in creating a powerful work of art?
Leona: To listen to your heart, your emotions, stay humble and connected to people that surround you.
APA: If you could hang out with one artist, living or dead, who would that be?
Leona: I will ask Gustav Klimt for a coffee.
APA: Who do you wish you could meet for the first time again?
Leona: My friend Alice, and her husband Gaby, who owns Le Riad Yasmine in Marrakech. I went in their place "by any chance", to take a tea. Then painted a mural in the Riad. And I left as a friend.
APA: What’s one thing that you don’t know that you want to learn?
Leona: Being more patient. And being fluent in Spanish cause I am planning to travel in Mexique and Colombia soon.
APA: It’s a random day 10 years ago, what were you creating?
Leona: I was drawing Marsupilamis. And I have created a small comic.
APA: Would you rather create 1000 average pieces that all become a great
body of work or 1 amazing groundbreaking masterpiece? Why?
Leona: 1000 average pieces that all become a great body so that I can have all of them spread around the world!
APA: If you could switch lives with an artist in history for one day, who would it be?
Leona: Picasso, to get a look at his atelier
Follow Leona on all her social media linked below to see more of her upcoming release and works.
• Facebook: Leona Rose
• Instagram: @Leonarose