Over the next coming Sundays I shall be posting my own artist interviews with some of my favourite people who reside in this multitalented world of art… Today we have the the wonderful Lucy A Levason to answer a few questions… over to you Lucy!
First of all, who are you?
Hi, my name is Lucy Levason and I am the chief tea drinker and creator behind In Search of Faerie Nuff. I’m based in Hampshire and live with my two daughters and our two rehomed cats. I create mixed media ACEOs and Card Art, all original works and perfect for framing too. Commissions are always welcome, I love working with my customers on commissions, they always come up with something a little bit different, which makes me have to think a bit harder, it’s good to feel uncomfortable sometimes!
When you were asked (all those years ago!), “what do you want to be when you grow up?” What did you answer?
I always wanted to be a nanny and trained in childcare, but once I started it I knew it wasn’t a long term career choice, although it stood me in good stead for having my own children! Ask me now I’ll reply with ‘do I have to grow up?’
What is the funniest thing as an artist that has ever happened to you?
I’ve been creating for almost 4 years, I think the funniest thing must be a customer desperately wanting one of my pictures and not knowing that it had be purchased for her by a relative. All very cloak and dagger for a while, not to mention the air being a tad blue when she found out!
What is the hardest part of being creative?
Learning to step back when things aren’t quite going to plan. Sometimes you just have to cast it aside and start again, and working alone if it’s not something you’re used to, luckily for me, I love my own space.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Be true to yourself, create what moves you, what inspires you… and never let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.
What subjects inspire you?
I love music, from the moment I wake up in the morning music fills the house. I always have a book on the go as well and read pretty much anything, although I am currently working my way through The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley, very addictive… my house is also full of art, literally if I have wall space it has pictures on it, prints, originals, various subject matters, I really don’t mind, if I like it…
Who are the 3 greatest living artists in your opinion? (they don’t have to be famous!)
I once met Nigel Hallard on holiday in Mousehole. A wonderful man, I own three pieces of his. He paints lots of seascapes, although my favourite of his is an abstract piece which hangs in my bedroom.
I can include a musical artist can’t I? In my opinion Paul Weller takes some beating, his style, his music, I’ve been a fan forever.
Imogen Clark, from Dusty Souls Art, her tiny paintings on feathers never cease to amaze me, I own a teeny tiny octopus. One day I will also rehome one of her whales too!
Who are the 3 greatest dead artists in your opinion?
Bowie, need I say more…
Ernest Shepard, I mean who doesn’t love the Winnie the Pooh illustrations,
Alphonse Mucha, I love his work.
What is your favourite work of art you have ever produced?
My favourite piece at the moment has to be a commission for a friend, it was something totally different from anything I had made before and only touched on once or twice since…
What was the last piece of art you sold?
A mixed media hare picture…
And finally… Because this is really important….
What’s the best type of cheese? (haha)
I would say cheddar, but sadly, having IBS I rarely eat cheese, but then I eat chocolate, which I shouldn’t do either, but dangle a bar of Tony’s Chocolonely in front of me….?