On this rainy Monday in Georgia I introduce an artist who has had a great influence on me personally.
Linda Boucher resides on the Brighton seafront in England, she paints beautiful women and their personal belongings. Her style is dynamic and bold, invoking a sense of retro glamour and sensuality. Her work puts the same smile on my face as when I find an incredible find at a thrift store, or watch a classic movie, because her work is so thick with nostalgia and beauty.
I love that Linda allows her audience to connect with her in so many different ways, whether it be through Twitter, Facebook or her blog, I feel like I can close my eyes and be transported to the Brighton Pier and watch her brush strokes appear on canvas.
Sit back, may I introduce you to Linda Boucher;
1- When did you know that you were an artist?
I don’t think I know that I am! It’s kind of a weird label, that I use to describe what I do- rather than who I am. I think we’re all creative- and if that’s the definition of an artist… well we all are. I prefer to see myself as a painter. I think maybe I don’t feel worthy of the label ‘artist’.
2- what are the biggest challenges you face as an artist (or painter ;P)?
There are two-
one is: having the confidence to put myself out there.
The second, is: When you make a living from your work, you become all kinds of things… I’m a painter, and sales person, an accountant, a cleaner, a webmaster, a social media ‘expert’, a marketer and an administrator… I have to wear lots of different hats. The biggest challenge is switching between them, and leaving time just to be. And to think. Before I paint a new picture, I need to know what it is I am trying to communicate- and all the other stuff can sometimes get in the way of that process.
3- what is the piece you are most proud of?
Gah… I don’t know. Along the way there have been pieces that I’ve been really pleased with, but I guess there are others that haven’t really worked, but that I’ve learnt something from. Like maybe the whole painting is terrible- but there’s a little bit of color, or a particular line that really is beautiful, and I feel proud of that. Occasionally I’ll be looking at my website, and suddenly think “wow- I painted those pictures!” Then, I allow myself a little moment of pride.
4-which piece of art would you love to own and put up in your own home?
I’d quite like to live inside the British National Gallery! I visit it whenever I’m in London (I only live an hour away), and have some favorites in there. My favorite paintings are like old friends, that I like to go say hi to. As for a piece in my home… probably a Matisse (I’m not fussy about which)- because I love his use of color.
|Pianist and Checker Players- Henri Matisse|
5-who are your biggest influences?
My Mom… she’s an incredible person. She’s faced plenty of challenges in her life, but I’ve never seen her quit, or feel that there wasn’t a challenge she couldn’t rise to. She’s got a joy for life, and a sense of humor that is inspiring.
6- what are your goals for your art?
Goals… to get better at it. There are minor challenges- working out how the light affects that object, what exact colors to mix etc… but the overall goal is to improve. And to keep painting.
7- what is your favorite color?
Well, I use a lot of reds and pinks in my work… but my favorite color is actually a combination. I love how a deep red, vivid turquoise/cyan and a dirty mustard yellow look together. I could stare at them for hours.
8- If you were stuck on a desert island and had only 5 albums to listen to what would they be?
Can I please have a radio instead? I listen to BBC Radio4 (kind of like NPR in the US) all day, and would be lost without it.
9- What is your "drink of choice" at a coffee house?
Coffee- no cream or sugar thank you… but I’ll take one of those cupcakes on the side.
Thanks so much Linda!