LEA FISHER

 

Artist

 

Bold Brushstrokes

 

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY TO

BECOMING A PAINTER AND DESCRIBE YOUR

INSPIRATION, TRAINING, AND TECHNIQUE.

 

I never planned on becoming a painter as I was grow-ing up, but looking back now, it was evident that being a creative was what I was born to do. As a kid, all I wanted was to sing, dance, draw, put on makeup - pretty much anything that created beauty and entertainment. Not that anyone would have dubbed me a child prodigy in any of these areas, but as I reflectively observe my younger self, art brought her joy. I never realized being an artist was an option - that is, if I ever wanted to make a decent living. I had no interest in the starving artist archetype, not even as a child.

 

After working in medical marketing through my 20s and 30s, I realized my profession wasn't aligned with my authentic desires. This prompted me to attend graduate school, where I obtained a master's in counseling. As I finished my program and started a small therapy practice, my life turned unexpectedly. Enter JD Miller. JD is a highly respected master artist and co-owner of Samuel Lynne Galleries in Dallas. He introduced me to painting with oil, and as it turned out, I had a natural talent. With ID's mentorship and support, I pretty much became an oil painter overnight and have been a  professional artist for the past 12 years. There isn't a day that passes that I do not recognize how fortunate I am to have had JD as a teacher, friend and champion of my art career.

 

As part of my training with JD Miller, I learned to create my work under the philosophy of art, Reflectionism, founded by JD in 2001. There are two primary components of Reflectionism: following the law of attraction and translating that experience into art on the canvas by implementing the 3-dimensional oil technique. It is such a beautiful experience to create utilizing this underlying philosophy. Reflectionism allows me abso-

lute freedom to express myself without constraints,

which I believe is vital to my artistic experience.

 

 

YOUR "SELF PORTRAIT" SERIES TOUCHES

ON SO MANY EMOTIONS AND LEVELS FOR

ANY ART ENTHUSIAST. WHAT WOULD YOU TELL SOMEONE SEEING THESE AND MEETING YOU AT THE SAME TIME?

 

I wish that as one observes this particular body of work, they sense my humanness and recognize it in themselves as they cultivate compassion for our shared similarities. I also hope that it inspires curiosity and allows for thoughtful

questions deserving of honest answers, void of shame.

 

As for the actual paintings, these self-portraits do not gen-erally represent me in a literal sense. They are more of inner self-portraits that depict my emotional voyage. Each portrait may embody a thought, an emotion, or my experience of an essential person in my life. They are the pictorial representa-

tions of my mental landscape with all its ups and downs and unexpected detours. They are reflections of my subconscious beliefs and programming, bubbling to the surface of my current existence, originating in my history of growing up in a challenged household and my recovery journey.

 

 

WHAT ARTISTS AND LIFE EXPERIENCES

INSPIRE YOU TO PAINT AND ULTIMATELY

CREATE ON ANY LEVEL?

 

In my earlier work, the abstract expressionists were highly influential. I was particularly drawn to female artists such as Joan Mitchell, Hellen Frankenthaler, and Lee Krasner. I would also look to Georgia O'Keeffe for inspiration. Lately, I've been referring to anime and Picasso for direction in my portraits. I love being inspired by simplicity and oddity. As far as life experiences, well, I use it all.

 

 

WHAT DOES LEA FISHER HAVE IN STORE

FOR US? ARE YOU WORKING ON ANY UPCOMING PROJECTS?

 

It has been such an extraordinary ride so far, and I hope to keep up the momentum!

As for painting, in addition to continuing with my 3D oil abstract work, I'm expanding my self-portrait series and have ventured into doing commissioned portraits for select clients. It's been such an interesting artistic experience to translate other's emotional energies while collaborating with my collectors. I'm super excited about this next evolution.

 

I will also continue working on my podcast, "The Art

Of..." which discusses healing resources that nurture creative energy. As previously mentioned, my passion for human growth and development was my first love, and I am so fortunate that I am able to blend my creative pursuits and the healing arts through "The Art Of..." podcast. And lastly, I have also decided, as of this spring, I will officially start seeing limited clients again as a licensed professional counselor (LPC), helping clients personally heal from trauma that blocks them from their unique creative pursuits as we are ALL creatives creating the very lives we lead. It is my time

to pay it forward and help others.

 

My intention is to demonstrate through my paintings, communicate through my voice, and provide support

through my counseling as I accompany others as they create meaningful lives. Knowing my purpose and sharing it ismy greatest honor.

 

 

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