Q and A with 2D ArtShots client Leslie Tejada
What is your favorite Color? Texture? Shape? I resonate with purply-blues, like ultramarine violet or periwinkle. But no color is a favorite, as each has its own character and usefulness in painting. Rather, I favor transparentpigments like quinacdacrone gold, cobalt violet rose, sap green. I like paintings which are textured, but no favorite texture. Also no favorite shape, but right now I am using a lot of curvy, round shapes.
What is your favorite art-making tool and why? I like to use the linoleum blocks I cut myself, but I have to go with the brush, so versatile and always useful.
Who or what influenced you to become an artist? I had no direct influences as far as I know. The need to create art seems to have been self-generated.
Name and describe your favorite art museum? Ah, the MET in NYC. Something for everyone, every mood. The history of artistic endeavor in one big building.
What music do you listen to while working? Almost exclusively classical music, right now 20th century. I have been favoring chamber music lately- Enescu, Polenc, Rachmaninoff, Ravel.
Favorite snack food while working? Eating in the studio is not a good practice. The possibility of ingesting toxic substances is greatly increased, and besides, the crumbs attract mice.
If you were commissioned to write a memoir today, what would the title be? Painting From the Inside Out.
Describe the peak, or favorite moment, in your creative process. There is a point at which an unfinished painting has assumed its own character, and I then try to help it become what it is trying to be. It has a gestalt that is recognized by my unconscious mind and resonates with my vision or inspiration. There is now a fruitful and exciting dialogue.
What do you love about the medium you work in? I approach all mediums as a researcher. What exactly can I do with this? Right now I am painting 7 x 8” little abstracted landscapes on resined paper. I use watercolor for initial washes, adding a little gouache if it needs to been less transparent, and then later some acrylic medium if the paint beads up too much. It is really fun discovering what paint will do. For years I used oil-based paints, but now I love the versatility of water-based, especially when I can use collage with it.
What Inspires you? The discovery of beauty is the inspiration for my art. Because I follow an inner imperative to pursue my own imaginative vision, my paintings are never derivative or conceptually based, but express authentic, subjective creative experience. Because the building blocks of my imagination are created by my visual diet, right now I immerse myself in the beauty of nature.
To learn more about her work: Leslie Tejada