I’m inspired by whatever emotion is evoked when i see an image that I just have to capture, whether it’s love, anger or even desire. It’s borderline obsessive compulsion really, lol. Some artists who have made an impression on me have been one of my all time favorites, Tamara de Lempicka, and even one of my former teachers, L.A. Willette, who is no longer with us and their work inspires me to create my own footprint, especially as a Canadian Artist.
On a personal note, I’ve suffered silently for many years with anxiety & stress and am not a person who likes being in the spotlight, so finally finding the courage and confidence to put my artwork out there has been surprisingly rewarding. I wished I had done this years ago! I found my voice, it just happens to be in oil and acrylic on canvas.
I think the role of an artist in society can be hugely important. It can in some cases provide an important reflection of either the beauty or the ugliness that we see. One of the most powerful pieces of artwork this year in my opinion was of a hand holding a bloody pencil in support of “Je suis Charlie”, the slogan showed support for freedom of speech from the French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo. A tragic situation, but also there was unity.
I mostly identify with portraits whether abstract or realism but also I’ve moved into appreciating my Canadian heritage and am slowly painting things that you would identify with as Canadian. I’m also exploring artwork with reclaimed wood which is something fairly new for me.
Lola Kerecki is a talented new addition to the Queen West Art Crawl. You can find her at booth D19 on September 12-13, south-east of the front gates of Trinity Bellwoods Park. In the meantime, follow her work on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.