Q and A with Liz Barber Leventhal

Liz Barber Leventhal

's paintings fascinate and inspire.  While they're beautiful, they're also very interesting. I find myself wanting to study each one slowly and carefully.

Besides having the opportunity to share her incredible work, I also get to share about Liz.

 "Dive"

How and why did you first begin creating art?

I have always been creating, drawing, or painting as long as I can remember. It was really a way of expressing myself. I could absorb my surroundings and translate it onto paper. I became really serious about painting in high school. I spent hours in front of still life arrangements tediously recreating life on the page. From this foundation, I was able to springboard into a journey of finding my own voice.

"Fall Leaves"

What influences your work most?

I grew up right on the ocean in coastal Massachusetts. The ocean has always been my biggest influence. I love the movement of waves. The crashing and the soothing power the ocean holds has a strong presence in my paintings.

"Light Through the Trees"

How has social media affected the world of art, and, beyond that, you specifically?

I think watching the live auctions at Sotheby's on Twitter has made it clear that social media's reach has found the art world. Individually, it has given me the ability to advertise, if you will, to a huge new market. Twitter and Instagram are truly worldwide. The exposure is like nothing else.  It's exponential.

 "Petal Study"

How do you create your optimal painting environment? If music is involved, please share a bit of your playlist.

I must have music to create.  Three songs that get a lot of play are "Here I Am" by Downhere, "Bend and Break" by Keane, and "Moment of Surrender" by U2. I must also have order in terms of my materials. If things are organized, my creative process moves very smoothly. 

 "Spring Rain"

What item in your studio do you consider indispensable?

My iPod.

"Fall Leaves"

What is your favorite museum?

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is my favorite.  Moore College of Art, where I studied, was down the street and I would get so much inspiration there.

"Blue Petals"

What priceless, well-known piece of art would you most like to own?

Monet's "Water Lilies."  I would build a round room just for it ; )

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Do you see what I mean about the desire to study each piece?  

Her website

has a large slideshow with so many amazing images.  Who knows how long I spent gazing at it yesterday?  Liz's paintings are 

available on her site, and also at

Pryor Fine Art

.  And, stop by her

Facebook page

to see more.

Q and A with Eileen Power

I have Eileen Power here today, and I couldn't be happier.  Eileen lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is an artist I've admired for a long time. Having the opportunity to share her beautiful paintings here is quite a treat for me.  

 "Off the Square"

How and why did you first begin creating art?

I’ve always been a creator, but pushed my artistic inclinations aside to pursue a degree in business.  Not surprisingly, I found myself working as a business manager in a very creative industry!  While the corporate travel was interesting it didn’t allow time for my own creations.  I changed careers about ten years ago and have never looked back.

 "Mrs. D."

What influences your work most?

I’m greatly influenced by the work of artists who came before me.  No conversation about abstract art is complete without mentioning De Kooning.  His work is so recognizable.  But, I’ve been focusing on “lady painters” the past few years… Joan Mitchell, Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler. 

"Eugenie Avenue"

How has social media affected the world of art, and beyond that, you specifically?

Social media puts varied and high quality work in front of viewers around the world instantly and on a daily basis.  It's a great platform.  Thanks to blogs such as TPP my work has been seen by discerning clients across the country who otherwise may never have heard of me.

"Lowcountry"

How do you create your optimal environment for painting?

I'm a solitary painter and very particular about my environment. The lights and the music come on at the same time each morning. My playlist is as varied as my color palette. Lately, I've been listening to "Un Homme et une Femme" (soundtrack from

A Man and a Woman

), The Kings of Leon, and Yo-Yo Ma!

"Harbor Master"

What item in your studio do you consider indispensable?

There is a particular palette knife I use for mixing paint.  It's like an extension of my hand. It's a simple and inexpensive tool, but I can hardly work if I misplace it.

What's your favorite museum?

I'd have to say MOMA is my favorite.  Each year I make at least one trip to NYC for the sole purpose of viewing contemporary art.

What priceless, well known piece of art would you most like to own?

There are so many choices, but since you've limited me to one... I'd say a da Vinci drawing... perhaps the "study for Saint Anne."  Da Vinci had the most exquisite hand and made beautiful drawn lines.

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And, here's Eileen.  I can tell from her photo, her answers, and her paintings that she's a very lovely lady.  The list of Atlantans I want to meet continues to grow.  

Eileen Power's incredible work is available through

Gregg Irby Gallery

.

Her website

includes her portfolio (several pages of amazingly gorgeous paintings), which shouldn't be missed.

Thank you for allowing me to share you with my readers, Eileen!