Featured Handmade Artist- LiaLane

Hi! Happy Thursday! I am so excited to bring you today's Featured Handmade Artist, LiaLane. I love her beeswax paintings. Her images are so haunting. It's gotta be something with the eyes of her characters... And the beeswax just adds a sort of luminosity to the paintings. I bet these are incredible in real life!


Primitive Folk Art School Beeswax Painting by LiaLane


(Seriously? Look at those eyes!)

Check out some of her other gorgeous paintings!


LiaLane



Hi Lia! Can you tell us a little about yourself?


My name is Lia Lane and I am crazy, awkward painter who lives in her head and the things I make come from there. But when Iโ€™m not painting I live in Neosho, Missouri.


How long have you been creating?


Iโ€™ve been creating things all my life, but Iโ€™ve been doing this folk art thing for a little over 3 years now.



What is the inspiration behind your pieces?


I have so many inspirations but mostly I have this obsessive dislike for getting my portrait taken, my beauty just doesnโ€™t photograph well..(ha!)
So, I make these portraits of girls who can be admittedly awkward, but yet are so beautiful in there imperfections. Oh, and music plays a part as well, really anything I am watching or reading comes into play when I paint. You are what you eat.:)



What is your dream job?


I would love to be a writer for Saturday Night Live, I am constantly making funny skits.


Can you describe your creative process?


Since I use a lot of patterned papers, I usually begin there. I like to paint along with the seasons, right now I am heavy into Fall. So I use papers, paint and feelings that remind me of Fall. Then, Whoa I donโ€™t know itโ€™s like I am in some sort of daze and all of sudden my painting is done. But I do know itunes and loads of coffee are involved always!


What item would you be secretly heartbroken if it sold?


You know I make every painting for myself and then I am SO over it and ready for it to go. And if someone likes it enough to buy, I am always shocked but ready to say goodbye.



How do you promote your work?


I am pretty lazy I guess, because I solely rely on Facebook. I know I probably need a blog, but eh I am just not that girl yet. Hopefully one day!


What are some of your favorite books, movies, musicians, and websites?


I am huge fan of books and music that I feel could have easily been written by me. (If I had their talent ha) I love short stories by Miranda July and Dorothy Parker. I am huge Sylvia Plath fan. Iโ€™m a fan of tortured souls. I could go on and on about music but a few of my all time favorites are Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple and Sia. A new obsession is Florence and the Machine. I love woman who bare their soles for us to enjoy.


If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?


Hmm. Is there a super power to heal broken hearts? Thatโ€™s what I would choose. I would love nothing more than to take pain away from others.



Thank you so much Lia!!! I've enjoyed getting to know you a little better, and I hope others have as well!!!! Stop by Lia's shop and check out all of her beautiful beeswax paintings!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/LiaLane