Anne LaBrie has a flair for shapes and color composition that makes her art look festive and bright. Usually starting with interesting photos, her images slowly turns into beautiful pieces of art once she gets her hands on it. If you want to know more about her just take a peak at the exclusive interview with her below.
Kess InHouse : Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get your start as an artist?
Anne LaBrie : I began dreaming designs that I didn’t know how to actually create! The book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” helped me understand that I could learn & gave me the confidence to begin attending art classes in painting and photography and started me on a path of self-discovery using paint! I later joined an artist-based business building community to learn how to market and distribute my artwork.
KIH : What is your creative process?
ALB : With photography, my creative process is to notice abstract shapes and spontaneous forms in nature – the play of light on a sidewalk or even a puddle of water in the sand. I take the photo and then apply filters and colors to the image until it becomes something that touches me in some way.
With painting, I create an energetic mood connected to a theme in my life I want to explore. From that inner place, words and images in that theme are painted onto a canvas with acrylic paints – the energy of the intention is then transferred with the paint.
KIH : What is your favorite part of the creative process?
ALB : When the seemingly random inspiration to either take a photo or insert an element into the painting suddenly transforms the image into something amazing!
KIH : What common threads do you find show up in your artwork?
ALB : Bold color, abstract shapes and universal symbols or metaphors that have personal meaning to me at the time I create each piece.
KIH : What is your favorite piece? How did you develop the composition?
ALB : Butterfly Spirit. While walking through my favorite seaside town, I noticed a very plain metal sculpture of a butterfly hanging on a garden wall, and I took a picture of it. Later, I digitally changed the composition and added all of the colors and the pizzaz!
KIH : What is your work space like?
ALB : One of my favorite things about being both a photographer and a painter is that my first workspace is the outdoors – the images that come to me while talking a walk or sightseeing. My second workspace is my really large computer monitor and standup desk and my third workspace is my painting-studio-formerly-
KIH : Why did you become an artist?
ALB : I think is is more that the artist already inside of me needed to find a way to dance outside of me and onto the canvas. That being said, it is also really rewarding to me to be able to share my artwork, and maybe, brighten someone’s day.
KIH : What inspires you?
ALB : Finding and photographing abstract and fleeting shapes, shadows and moments in time. The discovery of unexpectedly bright colors and interesting textures also inspires me. And finally, allowing the ‘flow’ even if it seems quirky in the moment.
KIH : What artists inspire you to create your artwork?
ALB : Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, George O’Keefe, and Vincent Van Gogh.
KIH : What are your top 5 favorite products offered by Kess Inhouse for your artwork?
ALB : The fleece dog beds, duvet covers, cutting boards, yoga leggings and Everything bags. I also really love the variety of products that are offered.
KIH : Would you recommend Kess Inhouse to other artists?
ALB : Absolutely – I appreciate that Kess Inhouse is so innovative in combining my artwork with products, has a strong and active social media presence, and is always expanding our circle of retail partnerships.
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