Los Angeles, United States
Mediums: Acrylic, newspaper, plywood
Style: Bright, Impressionism, romanticism, abstract
Favorite Quote: Real beauty is in truth.
Favorite Book: The Kite Runner, The Inheritance Series, Blink,
Favorite Movie: Conair, The Princess Bride, Gravity, Precious, Amelie
My name is Eileen Felix I am a Los Angeles Native creating art since high school. I also taught art to Middle School children for about a year in 2009. That’s when I expanded my own style and with an eco- friendly coworker now I try to incorporate up-cycling. Up-cycling is using trash for art. Creating a piece that “helps” keep trash out of dumps and modeling it to my vision.
Please tell us about your first experience creating:
My first experience was in high school our assignment was to create a stamp from linoleum. We used carving tools and had to pick a subject that affected the world at the time. I just so happen to choose pollution. The United States makes one third of the pollution of the whole world. That means one country makes one third of all the carbon monoxide that is accumulated. Making that stamp which I still have made me realize art isn’t just coloring or painting. It can also be creating a statement or an image of a current problem without words just expression.
What music do you like to have playing while creating art?
I listen to a variety of music while I work on my pieces. I work better when I am listening to calm music like trance such as Serge Devant and the Cranberries. Music helps me relax into a clear minded state to focus on the task at hand. It fills the background of my mind so I won’t be distracted to.
What are you trying to convey to viewers through your art?
I like to convey an experience, a story in all my creations. I often write a small passage to better influence the observer. I want them to see what I saw and feel how I felt. Hoping that in their experiences they have felt the same way I have. We can turn experiences into feelings and share the knowledge of our experience. It is comforting to know that although we are all different from being to backgrounds that we all share the same experiences in our lives.
Tell us about your creative process, from the beginning of a typical piece to its completion:
My creative process starts off by a feeling from an experience that leaves a thought an idea in my head then I can better picture what I want to create. Eco-art is something I always have in mind when conjuring up a piece and color coordination is also important because it depicts what I want to share with people.
What things inspire you to create art?
My personal challenges and moments where I think “Wow that’s amazing” I want people to share that feeling that makes life’s journey worth it. Experiences that have real meaning always leave me wanting to create. It’s good to know what’s out there outside the lines of what we are used to. Our world is different in places, culture, music but we all have emotion and we can all connect together through them.
What exhibitions have you had?
I have displayed my Sequoia Tree Series at Booze and Pancakes Underground Show this past May 2013 in Downtown Los Angeles. A few other exhibitions at Boshin Gallery in Hollywood with my Blossom Tree and Flower in September.
Have you sold any of your artworks? How?
Yes I have through my Facebook.
How do you promote your art on the internet?
Please recommend another artist you admire, and tell us a little about them:
I admire all artists for putting their energy on creating and putting themselves out there. It’s hard to put something you created and spend effort on to go on display. One artist Michael Pukac has beautiful pieces he uses woman, music, instruments and has a flow in each of his paintings that I admire.
Tell us something interesting in your life
My family loves camping we have had a whole series of adventures but one thing I will always remember was when the bears took our food. In Sequoia National Park there are boxes placed for food storage my aunt forgot to lock it one night and when we all woke up 3 of our coolers were gone. The bears had opened the box dragged the coolers across the river up the stones to the higher ledge. When we found our coolers all our sweets were eaten and there were piles of bear do-do with all our food wrappers in them. It took us a while to laugh it off but now we can. It was definitely an experience!
What is the most annoying thing someone has said to you about your art?
I would have to say that it is especially annoying to show a “Work in Progress” creation to someone who doesn’t “see it”. I always get the same reaction “I don’t get it.” I love showing the end product because there is always an “Aha” moment.
Do you have any regrets in your life as an artist?
My creations are made when they come to me and I make time for them. I am one person just expressing myself with color not a production company. My only regret is when I don’t complete a piece.
What plans do you have for the future of your art?
I would love to have my pieces featured in a museum. So the general public may see and experience the pieces. There is a written passage to all my pieces a lil bit of knowledge passed down from me to you.
Do you have any good advice for emerging artists?
Keep creating. The best thing you can do is believe in the energy you feel and express yourself.
Eileen Felix - Eco-artist - The Art of Expression
Los Angeles, United States