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Loft 55 Gallery presents 'Love Me From The Inside' by Nicole Dupre

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Not many people can say they're living the dream or doing what they love but this local artist is an exception. Between her blessings of travel and being in love, she has developed her wings to fly free, to enjoy the life she has always dreamed.

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My passion has become my career.

But this did not happen by chance alone her dedication to education, setting goals, staying positive, and keeping a determined attitude were exactly what she needed to turn this dream into a reality. However, above all – She states the wonderful women in her family have always been her inspiration.

Nicole Dupre finds herself very fortunate to work with models and actresses whom she calls her live canvases. She collaborates with photographers and directors to bring their ideas to life. This is her ultimate dream and what she strives to make her career. She has been privileged to work with WESH 2 News, Orlando Sentinel, Wedding Guide Magazine, Florida Opera Theatre, The Orlando Philharmonic, University of Central Florida, and many more. Being surrounded by models, custom designers, actors/actresses, and a wide array of creative people, she has been able to turn everyday into an inspiration for her art.

She states, I find beauty in the path I walk to work, the sunrises and sunsets in our beautiful city, and above all, I find inspiration within LOVE. The true art of love- the deep passionate, burning emotion that fills every inch of my soul. To have my other half fuel me with confidence, loyalty, passion, ecstasy, and completeness will make the colors, texture, and emotion pour out of me. Having that deep love brings new meaning to the Opera music I am so blessed to work with. I love to blast the angelic voices and allow myself to truly feel the music, and a lot of my abstract works come from these experiences.

Below is the exclusive interview with Ms. Dupre about the inspiration and meaning behind her "Love Me From The Inside" series.

AL: What artists inspire you?

ND: What inspires me most is my everyday life. I work with models, actresses, and people from many different occupations. As a makeup artist, I feel I am truly exposed to another's emotions. We are self conscious creatures by nature. It is my job to bring that confidence out, especially when my client is having their picture taken or going on stage. By tapping into my artist side, I feel I can express my inspiration in a more free form.

AL: When did you become an artist?

ND: If you ask my family they will say they knew I was an artist as a toddler - when they could NOT get me to stop coloring on the walls. I melted crayons, painted my clothes, always asked for the latest Crayola art sets, and excelled in art class.

AL: What inspires and motivates you in your work?

ND: I find my motivation in creating art by seeing how others may interpret it. I love allowing my creative side to flow out of me and create a piece based on MY emotion -- then having another feel something similar or even completely different. The love of how art can affect another, truly adds the fuel to my fire.

AL: Did your upbringing influence your work?

ND: In many ways yes. I am truly blessed, I come from very creative women My Mother and Grandmother were always making crafts and decorating our home by creating the things with their own hands. I was exposed to the power of self expression, and I still to this day think of them whenever I make or do anything.

AL: What do you love about life, and what do you hate?

ND: This is a very open ended question :) What I love most about MY life, is that I have the ability to create every single day. Whether I am working in production and assisting with making a video, working with the theater and designing the makeup for an Opera, or having the chance to paint and sketch for a show. Living my passion is what I love most.

I try not to ever focus on what I "hate". I believe hate is a toxic emotion. If one "hates" something they should do everything in their power to remove it. Life is too short to live with hate in your heart.

AL: What mediums do you work in and why?

ND: My mediums are acrylic and latex paint on canvas. I switch between using brushes and my own hands. I also love to sketch with pencil, charcoal, and pastels.

AL: What is your vision/philosophy?

ND: "You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you." I learned this in the 5th grade while reading Maya Angelou, and it has proven to be my life's TRUE philosophy.

AL: What do you like doing when you are not painting?

ND: I love doing makeup. I love using the human face as a canvas. To bring one's beauty through to the surface. Most of the time the makeup isn't what makes someone beautiful, but the way it brings one's confidence through that makes them the most beautiful! I also love working in production and bringing one's story to life! Whether it is making a company's vision come to life through video, or a life event, the thrill of the entire production from concept to execution is out of this world! I also enjoy working in theater, meeting with the directors, costume designers, performers, and bringing their visions to life on their faces. To know how the lighting, costume, and distance to the audience effects their over all look and ability to show emotion on stage again is just so thrilling!

AL: What is your favorite color?

ND: My favorite color is RED. You will be able to see that in a lot of my work! It is the color of love, lust, and passion!

AL : How much time is spent creating your pieces?

ND: For my paintings I like to take a few days per piece. I like to take my time, step back, clear my mind, and get back at it. I also like to allow my layers to dry in between to create as much texture as possible. However, my sketches can take a few minutes to a few hours. While in the painting process, sometimes I like to step back for a day or two, in between, to allow the start of a vision to marinate in my mind which allows me to create something even more beautiful.

AL: What is your favorite experience as an artist?

ND: To hear how my art can relate to another. How it can make someone feel. To know the colors will match or go with someone's home. One's home can be a very intimate part of them and to have the honor to have a piece of my art hang in their lives is jut awesome. But to witness a reaction is probably the greatest feeling an artist can have!

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you. - Maya Angelou

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