Today we’d like to introduce you to LE BohemianMuse.
LE, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember, I performed in theatre and film, writing fiction, poetry, and plays. Within the past ten years, I have been showcasing my visual art, specifically, my abstract paintings. One day in the spring of 2011, I decided that I needed to figure out what kind of artist I truly wanted to be. I had just finished doing a play earlier that year and was ready to showcase some of my other artistic passions. I thought to myself; I am multi-disciplinary. I don’t just want to be cornered or defined as one thing. So I became LE BohemianMuse, a multifaceted storyteller.
One of my first creations as LBM was my first full series of abstract acrylic paintings called “Visual Poetry,” a series about the dark and light sides of the heart, mind, and soul, that women face daily, displayed in a dream-like quality. In a way, it was a visual poetic diary of my personal life. I did my first group art show in Downtown LA through RAW Artists. From that point on continued being in various art, group shows in LA and the SF Bay Area. Once I moved back to the Bay Area, I got my first studio space that wasn’t my living room. Having an art studio has completely changed my art. With the studio came a community of artists, and with them, I grew and continue to evolve my artistic practice.
Now I am getting ready to have my very first solo art showcase, “Renegade Renaissance,” which will feature my biggest series yet (40 + abstract, acrylic paintings) called Rebel. This is an experimental series where I go against my creative instinct. Within this challenge, I have pushed myself to move past my old habits of creation and have evolved a new approach towards my abstract paintings.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
An artist’s life is rarely smooth, nor do you want it to be. Part of being an artist is exposing yourself and expressing those obstacles faced within society or the individual. If you’re living in a world of rainbows and glitter, how can you genuinely express pain or even joy? They come to hand to hand. There were moments where I could not create, and it was depressing. I’d lost my job, it took over three years for me to get back on my feet, but within those years I found support with my fellow creatives and dear family and friends that helped encourage me to continue my path. When I could, I dived deeper into my work, making studies, new series, and involving myself in the arts community in San Francisco.
Please tell us more about your art.
As LE BohemianMuse, I hope to revitalize the influence that art has on life and society, using creative force as a mirror to the joys and faults of humanity. With my paintings, I create abstract and aggressive displays of emotional struggle, doubt, and hope. Through abstract art, I move beyond simplicity, and I am open to the complex. Seeing that life can, at moments, feel simple, our emotions are more intricate.
When I begin a new body of work, I always like to look back at what I created before more deeply. I still have favorites within each body of work, but I don’t love one more than the other. Each painting created has a different story; my last series, “Chaos,” was based on the philosophical concepts of Chaos and Order. Exploring heavily on the dichotomy of beauty and danger within Chaos, I painted from a stream of consciousness influenced by my emotional reflections on current events happening at the time I created the work. I think I am more proud of my evolution as an artist, by my technique in both thought and physical processes.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I’ve been told that I have beginner’s luck. Beginner’s luck doesn’t last, so therefore I don’t believe in luck. I believe in blessings. Blessings never run out. I am blessed to be able to be an artist, moreover have the perseverance to keep being creative. It’s effortless to give up a career in the arts, but you always have to go back to why you are an artist in the first place.
For me, the role of being an artist is defined by how I use my platform to help enhance our communities and generations to come. By use, creativity as a tool to become a better world. When it comes to the purpose of my art, does the work impact people who see it? Did my work help identify a moment in your life, did it help heal, so on and so forth. Of course, I want the work to sell, but the money will come, so I tend to focus mainly on the who, what, and why I am doing the work.
A bit cheesy, I know, but I genuinely believe that the arts can play a role in pushing us to become better humans. Better humans lead to a better environment, which can create the domino effect of having a better world.
- Paintings range in price from $250-$3,000
- Commissions range in price from $1000-$7000
- Website: www.lebohemianmuse.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @lebohemianmuse
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lebohemianmuse
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/lebohemianmuse
- Other: www.patreon.com/lebohemianmuse