Interview with inspiring French painter, Peintures D'Elo! A self-taught artist with less than a year working with oils, and already having 3 exhibitions under her belt!
1.Tell us a little bit about your self, and how you got involved in painting?
"My name is Elodie. I live in France. I began to draw as a child, and I continued to draw throughout the years. Painting came naturally. I started with gouache at school (like every child). I have been painting with oil for one year. I did not study art. I am a self-educated painter. I have had 3 exhibitions since last year (2011)"
2. How has your work evolved in the last couple years?
"I have been painting almost every day for the past 2 years. I started creating nature beauties (landscapes) and now women portraits."
3. Who is your Biggest inspirations in the art world?
"I like impressionist painters such as Van Gogh, Monet, Cézanne, Pissarro. I love the vibrating energy and colours of their artworks. I like surrealist artists too such as Dali."
4. How do you find inspiration on a regular basis?
"I find inspiration in everyday’s life: music, travels, movies, legends, people... I am inspired by the world around me as well as everyday interactions. I try to keep an open mind. I am also interested in Japan and its culture."
5.Have you always painting with such vibrant colors?
"When I was younger, I created portraits with charcoal or pencils. My portraits were very sad, black and more caricature. Don’t ask me why because I don’t know... "
(First oil Painting)
6. What advice would you give to young artists?
"I do not consider myself an artist. Painting is for me a productive mean of self expression but if I had to give a message to other young artists I would say: listen to yourself, be honest with your emotions, be opened, express what you feel and have fun ! There's nothing else that matters."
7.Whats your biggest dream as a an artist?
"I have difficulties in projecting myself into the future but becoming a recognized artist is my biggest dream..."