Interview // Fine Artist & Muralist Lauren Lee

September 16, 2014 1:28 am Published by

Hello friends! Today I am happy to introduce Lauren Lee, a Phoenix-based fine artist and muralist. Her work is really amazing–larger than life and so full of energy with a bit of mystery. I think I need one of her murals in the studio!

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How did you get started in mural painting? How did you start your own business?

I got started in mural painting quite randomly. I have always painted large, and so painting murals was just that–but expanded. I wanted the work to have a presence, and when it is on the side of a building it has to be to scale of that. As far as starting my own business, that came out of necessity. I was working less and less in structured employee/employer situations and much more for businesses/cities and individual clients. I took some workshops and classes on art as a business and here I am.

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What puts you into a creative mindset? Where do you find inspiration?

Music is a big part of my creative process, it can be a form of emotional meditation, I find that I will listen to a specific artist or genre on repeat, hitting that emotion that I am channelling. My last solo show the work was produced almost exclusively to Lana Del Rey, Phantogram, Fleetwood Mac and Ray Lamontagne. I find inspiration through a lot of random hints from the Universe. For instance, my partner and I were on vacation in California, we wandered in to a bookstore, I saw a book that caught my eye and it became the inspiration for my next upcoming show. If I am ever stuck on what I want to paint, I paint what I would want in my own home.

The hurdle is trusting the Universe, that the work is being made for someone in particular, who will be led to it.

What is a major hurdle you have had to overcome recently?

One major hurdle I have had to overcome is the transition from paycheck-based pay to project-based pay. It takes a lot of faith and trust in the Universe to continue with virtually no guarantee of continued income. I am going into my third year as a freelance artist and it is still always a leap of faith to purchase supplies for a full solo show–all of the promotion, paint and most important, time. Then you present the work, and pray that this is your path and that the work will be valued. I have been very lucky, my last show Sisters of the Moon at {9} The Gallery in Phoenix sold out in less than 24 hours! That was exhilarating! So, I guess the hurdle is trusting the Universe, that the work is being made for someone in particular, who will be led to it.


What is your favorite part of your personal creative process?

My favorite part of my creative process is being able to feel as astonished when looking at my paintings as other people. It really is a form of channelling, so once it is done I feel just as surprised as the viewer. I am a viewer in a way. I am viewing my own result. The only way to express it would be to say it is like dancing. Painting large is very physical and you lose yourself in it.

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And, lastly, what is an activity you do to unwind/just for fun?

I read a lot of books, I try and always fill my mental library with images and I try and go to the ocean at least once a year. I love swimming. I have great friends and a strong spiritual community. I have an amazing and supportive partner, Crystal, and we travel a lot which is freeing.

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Thanks for the interview, Lauren, and for giving us a peek into your daily creative process! If you live in the Valley, be sure to check out Lauren’s work! She has a print show opening Friday, October 17, 2014 at greenHAUS in downtown Phoenix and she has a solo painting show opening at {9} The Gallery for Phoenix’s First Fridays on December 5, 2014. You can also check out some of her work in her Etsy shop!

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