We had the good fortune of connecting with Launa D. Romoff and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Launa D., any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
Since art is truly my passion it is something that propels me forward in my life, soothes my soul and calms me. I never even think about giving it up, I make art for ME and what it gives me. I feel blessed that I found my voice at this time in my life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a mixed media collage artist. Making art awakened a passion in me that is constantly pushing me to experiment in my art. I have made over 500 pieces in this desire to make art. I tend to be a pro-active person and wanted to show my art, it was not easy, but being persistent was the only avenue to get me out there. There were certainly moments that rejection stopped me for the moment but I realized that if I believed in my art then I needed to keep going. Art is subjective not everyone is going to like the choices you make in your art, I needed to find venues that did. Also supporting other artists, showing up for their shows as they did for mine. Giving back all the support I received to other artists. When someone asks me how I did something or where I get materials – I share my sources and process as others have shared theirs with me. I believe art heals and inspires, hopefully mine does.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love LA and so many wonderful things to do and see. . Since I am an artist we would go to museums, LACMA, MOCA, Hammer, Broad, art galleries and the art district downtown,. Then music, I love jazz so either or all. Friday night jazz at LACMA, and Latin Jazz (with salsa dancing) Saturday at LACMA. Sunday classical music at LACMA, and during the summer free concerts all over the city. A walk on the Venice boardwalk is a must and a walk downtown LA which many wonderful things to see. We have amazing restaurants everywhere these days, i really don’t have a favorite for I am always trying a new one. I do love tacos and there are small wonderful ones everywhere these day so I am one to just stop at any one to eat. Always fun and delicious. I love my friends, most of them are foodies and great cooks, so a couple of dinner parties where we start at 6/pm and end around midnight with lots of laughter, great food and Prosecco!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this to Mitzi Trachtenberg., who passed away this year at the age of 91. I met Mitzi when I was 50 years old at house warming party. I never thought I was an artist because I couldn’t draw. Mitzi was a collage artist who lived in San Francisco, I had seen her work and was memorized by it.. We sat and talked all afternoon and she mentioned she taught a class in SF. I said, “would you teach me?”, she said if I could get a space and 6 people she would fly down once a month and teach a class That is how it started, the first class I knew I found my voice. She would constantly call me and say go see an artist at a certain gallery or museum. She would bring me books of artists to study and after two years of class she said you have to have a show! I sold 5 pieces in my first show, and after she congratulated me she said you need to work bigger, the size you are working in is too easy, She was always pushing me when I got too comfortable or through my fears when I felt stuck. I ALWAYS here her voice when I am working. Her words of: Get to a simple place, give up to get, quiet space, nothing is precious, never a mistake always an opportunity. I never had a mentor, she was loving, tough and smart, Most of all wanted me to succeed as an artist. She changed the direction of my life and I am eternally grateful and know how I was blessed to have her in my life!
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