Child at heart and Sci-Fi driven, this local artist finds the spiritual and mystery in all things. She began her art career after graduating with a degree in Art History from Florida State University in 2002 and has been actively creating and showing her work in Central Florida ever since. Between this time she has been blessed with the opportunity to participate in over 60 art events, gallery shows and charitable events and has been painting live at Café Tu Tu Tango on International Drive for over two years. Adrienne works in a variety of media including acrylic, ink, pencil, charcoal, pastel and paper collage. With a varied background in museums, gallery and retail sales and merchandising, Adrienne took the leap in 2011 and now works full time as an artist. Creatively, she tries to remain open to anything and is artistically influenced by everything from nature and the spiritual world to Science Fiction, Fantasy and pop culture. Adrienne also works alongside Café Tu Tu Tango’s Art Director, Trish Rich Steed, as the restaurant’s curator and enjoys creating a fun and unique environment for the guests.
The following is her exclusive interview for her first solo art show on Dec. 19, 2013 from 7:00p - 10:00p with Loft 55 Gallery and Boutique in downtown Orlando, FL.
AL: What artists inspire you?
AHL: I'm really inspired by conceptual artists, graphic designers, cartoonists/animators, graffiti/street artists, designers, writers, musicians and even filmmakers. Basically, I'm inspired by anyone in any field who is doing something new and different - anyone who is pushing the limit or redefining what we call "art."
AL: When did you become an artist?
AHL: I started actively creating and showing my work in 2008
AL: What inspires and motivates you in your work?
AHL: I just want to create art that stays true to who I am as a person. I am a unique individual and I put a piece of myself into each project. I know that not everyone will like or understand my work, but to me that is ok as long as I have stayed true to the vision of whatever it is I'm trying to create.
AL: Did your upbringing influence your work?
AHL: I come from a rather creative family. My mom is an experienced wood carver and paints as a hobby, while my dad is constantly building all sorts of things out of wood. My sister and I were always crafty growing up and we were encouraged by our parents to pursue the arts. Music is also a huge part of our lives and my sister and I were both in theater in school.
AL: What do you love about life, and what do you hate?
AHL: I love nature and the search for the spiritual in all things, especially art. I try to avoid drama and negativity at all costs.
AL: What mediums do you work in and why?
AHL: I work in a variety of media because I get bored very easily and constantly want to try new things. I love to experiment! Primarily, I paint with acrylics, but I also work in pencil, ink, pastel, charcoal and I love to create with paper.
AL: What is your vision/philosophy?
AHL: I think humans do their best work when they put aside their differences and come together.
AL: What do you like doing when you are not painting?
AHL: When I'm not painting, I love to play the guitar, watch movies, read and spend time outdoors.
AL: What is your favorite color?
AHL: My favorite color is blue.
AL : How much time is spent creating your pieces?
AHL: I try not to put limits on myself when it comes to the time it takes to create something. Basically, I will not stop working on a piece until it intuitively feel's balanced and complete.
AL: What is your favorite experience as an artist?
AHL: I think the best artistic experience I've ever had was joining the team of artists that create live at Café Tu Tu Tango. Being able to work in a lively, fast-paced environment that is visited by tourists and locals has made me more creative and more productive.
I will not stop working on a piece until it intuitively feel's balanced and complete.