I love meeting other artists, because they are usually the only ones who can talk art for as long as i. So it was no surprise that my meeting with artist Rose Hewartson went off so well. Brisbane artist Rose Hewartson is a photographer turned abstract painter. She has recently embarked on a project that involves interviewing and photographing Australian artists. I was lucky enough to be first off the rank. Below is part of her interview with me, written in her words. The entire article can be found on Rose's blog: www.rosehewartson.com.au/blog.
Above: images from Leah's artist studio
"Leah enjoyed art at school and had to choose between accounting and art for tertiary education. Similar to many, Leah went for the "sensible" option - accounting.
After finishing her university studies, life sucked Leah into the treadmill of the corporate world. Exhausting workload and long office hours took a toll on her; which eventually forced her to leave her artistic interests in the corner. She took a 10 year-long break from art. Nonetheless, deep-rooted creativity stayed within her.
Years after, with her first-born in hand, she undertook an Arts Degree. It served as an anarchic outlet amid her chaotic routine- changing nappies, bathing her baby and sleepless nights. She needed a channel to maintain her own identity and an avenue to express herself. She also understands that as humans we like to make our mark on the world, and art feeds our basic need for expression, and processing of our inner world.
Today, Leah works in a small, light-filled studio in her beautiful Melbourne home. And yes, like a lot of Artists (myself included) she desires a larger studio to create. Her studio is decorated with vision boards, and various paper pieces and inspiration images. "
For the entire post, along with other artists interviews, and Rose's beautiful artwork, visit her website at www.rosehewartson.com.au.
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Photo credits: Rose Hewartson
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