We had the good fortune of connecting with LE BohemianMuse and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi LE, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I pursued an artistic/creative career because it’s always who I’ve been, an artistic, creative person. I’ve been involved in the arts since I can remember. It’s the only thing I ever saw myself doing that felt very natural. For me, the role of being an artist is defined by how I use my platform to help enhance our communities and generations to come by using creativity as a tool to become a better world. When it comes to the purpose of my art, does the work impact people who see it? Did my work help identify a moment in your life, did it help heal, so on and so forth. Of course, I want the work to sell, but the money will come, so I tend to focus mainly on the who, what, and why I am doing the work. I genuinely believe that the arts can play a role in pushing us to become better humans. Better humans lead to a better environment, which can create the domino effect of having a better world.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I call myself a multifaceted storyteller because my art comes in many forms. As an abstract painter, I am an acrylic, multi-medium emotional painter. I am moved by how I am feeling. My emotions will shift depending on the work/series that I am working on however the day’s events can affect how the work will come out. Meaning if there is a political movement happening, my art will remain on par with the series. I tend to refer to myself as a colorist. Color plays a strong role in my pieces; it’s the subject matter, the character, etc. Colors play so much into who we are as humans. As a writer, I write fiction, plays, screenplays, and my oldest form, poetry. I’m inspired by humanity’s existence and how we choose to finesse our way of life, which influences the way I work. So I am always listening, watching, and observing, whether it’s through other art forms such as writing, music, film, dance. Or through philosophical conversations or media, news, so on and so forth. Lastly, I am also a performer (theatre, film, etc). Most folks tend to think that I went to school mainly for the visual arts, but I was a Theatre Major, with an emphasis on Costume Design! About almost exactly ten years ago, I decided to reinvent myself as the artist LE BohemianMuse. I had been doing art on and off and because life has a funny way of sometimes removing you from your passion, I had finally gotten back on the path. It was important to me to remerge as a multifaceted artist because I create in many different ways and I wasn’t prone to the concept of just picking one. Which I find a little silly, because we as humans are not just one thing, we’re complicated and multi-dimensional. So why should I tell the story in only one form? Some of the lessons that I learned derive from three virtues, patience, gratitude, and courage. An artist’s life is rarely smooth, nor do you want it to be, but you are tested a lot to the point that giving up seems like the right thing to do. So you have to be patient, grateful for the lessons and experiences, and then have the courage to persevere.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When I lived in LA, I always liked to take my Bestie to places in Downtown LA. Especially within the arts district. For a fun evening, we would grab drinks at Everson Royce Bar, then have dinner at Kazu Nori, the Hand Roll Bar. If it’s an evening for the Downtown LA Art Walk we would also check out Gallery Row. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d want to dedicate my shoutout to my family and friends, who have been a constant support system for me as I advanced in my career as an artist. The thing is, we all need someone that motivates, pushes, and encourages us to keep going even when we fall. Every industry is dependent on some form of collaboration; no matter how much you do on your own, you still need community.
Headshot: Celeste Lindahl Photography
Artwork: LE BohemianMuse