Linus Galleries, Los Angeles Art Shows
2014 Artist Interview Series
Amelia Blair Langford
Linus Gallery, representing Los Angeles Contemporary Art as well as International art and artists, presents our third interview. The Artist Interview Series is a new blog featuring Linus artists from a variety of different practices and backgrounds. The blog aims to be an enjoyable read, sharing insight into the artist’s creative process and workspace, as well as their view of the world around us. This week we feature talented illustrator Amelia Langford and her thoughts on drawing, the natural world, and the extreme detail of both.
1) Please tell us your name, artistic practice of choice, and location in the world.
I am Amelia Langford and I make pen and ink illustrations. I currently work and live in Richmond, Virginia.
2) This is a hard choice for many visual artists, but what is the first answer that comes to mind when you think of your favorite color?
My favorite color has changed a lot over the years but right now it would have to be Mustard Yellow. There are little embellishments of it throughout my current body of work and I can’t get enough of it. It’s bring a touch of color to my pen and ink work and reads classic, elegant, and sophisticated at the same time.
3) What subject matter appears most in your artwork? What do you love about that subject? What do you dislike?
The subject matter that appears most in my artwork are monarch butterflies. I am intrigued by the butterfly’s design and the beauty of their dramatic transformations in their short lived lifespan. I enjoy illustrating their stories and creating an imagery of permanence by using such a delicate subject matter. I wish they could live for hundreds of years and tell stories of their flights across mountains and seas.
4) What is difficult for you about your chosen medium?
What is most difficult about using pen and ink is the amount of time that it takes to finish a piece, especially my large drawings but I really enjoy putting in all the tiny, little details. The end result is what makes it all worth it and shows that I truly love what I do.
5) Do you have any secret talents or party tricks unrelated to your art making?
grew up on a small apple orchard where we grew green granny smith cooking apples. I love being in the kitchen and my spiced apples recipe is delicious.
6) Which describes you: Beach, Forest, Desert, Field, or City?
The city is what best describes me right now. Although I grew up in the country where a lot of my inspiration for my work comes from, I have lived in the city of Richmond, Virginia, US for the past five years and it fits my busy lifestyle wonderfully.
7) Any parting advice for budding artists?
Never stop creating and never lose sight of your beautiful imagination.
Do you create exceptional visual art and want to become a Los Angeles contemporary art name too?
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