|Artist Leonora Volpe|
Some of her favorite subjects are children and women, they seem to have so much in their eyes. They say your eyes are the windows to your soul. Leonora feels there is a need to paint them. She likes to personally meet with her subjects and interact with them, the same with her objects in her still life's. "Everything has a past that tells us something, it's like a mystery of where it has been, and who has touched it," Leonora says. The only things in her still life paintings that are new are fruit or flowers.
|"Effervescence" - 20x16 - by Leonora Volp|
"Something has to inspire me to paint it, but I love almost everything, I hope I can finish all the paintings in my head before I go home with the Lord, so I'm working hard, I know I'll still have an easel up there".
Interview with Spotlight Artist for June, Leonora Volpe:
|"Colander and Red Onions" - 12x16 - by Leonora Volpe|
2) What is your training, and what medium(s) / subject matter do you work in? I am basically self taught and about four years ago I decided to really understand what I was doing and looked for someone to help me. It was then I discovered Ron Watkins portrait painter who gave me some lessons. I then painted with live models. My favorite medium is oils. I have worked with Kathryn Stats, Larry Prellop, William Kalwick, Janice Hindes, Kaye Franklin, Ron Watkins and have attended every demo of a well known artist in my area.
3) What do you express in your work? I like to ﬁnd the person behind the face if its a portrait. I guess you would say their spirit, so I spend time with them, still lifes I like to ﬁnd beauty in simple things that are part of everyday life. My favorite is painting family heirlooms. Landscapes I love sunsets. I like animals especially horses and pets as well. I guess I ﬁnd deep meaning in allot of things but sometimes I am compelled to paint something. Especially CHILDREN, I love them.
4) What artists/professionals have been your biggest influences? Cesar Santos has had a big inﬂuence on me as well as Richard Schmid and Daniel Keys. I love Bouguereau‘s work. I love the realism.
|"Dorothy and Her Babies" - 18x24 - by Leonora Volpe|
|"Imagination" - 20x16 - by Leonora Volpe|
|"Lil' Rancher" - 8x10 - by Leonora Volpe|
6) What would you like to be doing with your art ten years from now? . Ten years from now I hope I can paint all I see in my heart and head. I hope to be noticed for my type of work. I think I am still developing my style. I had to put my art on hold to raise my ﬁve children. Now I am enjoying time with my grandchildren,I have 12 of them.
|"W.T. Mayfield Rancher" - 36x24|
by Leonora Volpe
8) Are you happy with your job choice as an artist? Do you have any regrets in this career choice or things you would have done differently? At this point in my life I am going forward and not moving from my desire as an artist. I am in my retirement years and want to do what I enjoy and share my work with other people. I am a realtor part time and watch one of my grandchildren during the day. So I paint all night till I cant keep my eyes open. Family is very important to me. So I look into my grand daughters eyes and watch her smile and that's my inspiration.
9) Any fun or interesting facts about yourself that you'd like to share? The fun thing is I think I'm 25 years old. I plan on painting a lot of paintings in the next year. I was juried into the salon international in 2012 and sold my piece before I brought it in.
10) Best piece of advice for other artists? My best piece of advice is to be true to yourself. Learn the basics of value and color. The big one is, if you can’t see it you can’t paint it. An artists eye is well trained to see differently than just a casual look. Only watch people paint that you want to learn from.
|"Scarlet Summer" - 12x9 - by Leonora Volpe|
- Accepted into the "Rites of Spring" Juried Show at the Dutch Art Gallery, April 2013
- Accepted into the 1st Annual OPA Salon Show in Petosky, MI for "Reflections in Red": http://www.oilpaintersofamerica.com/events/exhibitions/2013/salon-petoskey/acceptance.
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