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MI: How would you characterize your identity as an artist? Is there a style, a focus, or a vision which you feel defines your work?
BL: The most important aspect is "setting the mood." The more I paint, the more I realize the importance of creating a scene that sets a mood and emotion that will draw the viewer into the painting. I believe that lush color combined with a painterly, romantic style can make each landscape come uniquely alive and speak without words. It is my greatest desire that they capture and comfort people in a personal way. My Christian faith highlights all my work. The emotions and feelings that I attempt to convey in my paintings are filtered through the hope and love that I have as a believer.
MI: Where do you feel you are in the development of your career?
BL: I believe that my work is becoming more and more successful in what I am trying to convey. I desire my work to reach the masses, so I am currently really studying about ___art__™ marketing and the most intelligent way to approach this.
MI: Have you found that belonging to a group or organization has been important to your career? Which?
BL: I believe it is important because you continue to learn. Through Minds Island, Heidi and Carla have been fantastic in addressing questions that I at times email them. Close to a year and a half ago, when I felt I was finally at the point to seriously pursue marketing my work, I asked Carla a number of questions which she graciously answered. I really appreciated that and it helped me get started. Recently, I have applied for the California Art Club Mentor program for artists under 30 years old. The artists who have been a part of this have really grown from the experience and advanced their careers in an incredible way. I hope to be apart of this.
MI: Do you have an approach to a subject which is unique?
BL: For myself, painting landscapes is more than just capturing the physical beauty of the outdoors. It is also about capturing the divine sense of perfection from God's hand. This influences how I create the mood of an individual painting. Sensing the mood is different from painting exactly what one sees. It will influence color decisions and brush strokes.