We had the good fortune of connecting with Lois Keller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lois, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I think of balance through the lens of great artwork not equal amounts of sand on a scale. In art, balance is an element of composition. It communicates much about a work of art and can contribute to the overall effect. It can make it appear dynamic and lively or restful and calm. If it’s unbalanced it can reveal feelings that are unstable, create tension, and make the viewer uneasy. I used to strive for balance by giving equal attention to all aspects of my life. What I’ve learned is some parts may need more attention than others to make the rest of my life harmonious. Whether it’s caring for my family, being politically active, or spending weeks in a figure drawing class concentrating only on light and shadows. For example, I was overwhelmed by the effects of climate change and decided to give that more attention by volunteering for Climate Reality Los Angeles. Relieving the tension there helped harmonize my life at this time. I have constants that always remain in the picture. My art practice, and my love and care for family and the world. How the other elements of art (line, shape, color, value, space, form, texture) relate to these and each other within the composition is how I create equilibrium.
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.
Confidence and discipline are key factors in my life as an artist. Believing that I can transform nothing (blank page) into something with an idea takes a leap of faith, EVERY TIME! Whether it’s an illustration, oil painting, upcycled sculpture, political cartoon, poster, drawing, mural or class I’m about to teach they all start by believing in myself enough to make that very first mark.
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?
Two of my favorite things about Los Angeles, the food and the art! I love going to LACMA and the food trucks. They have a great family program that as an art teacher I always recommend. A local art gem is Art Share LA, they have the pulse on what local artists are doing on an honest level. They not only support local artists, but audiences and new curators and collectors. And it’s right near pie hole where you have to get the earl grey chocolate cream pie!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Rooflesss Painters have kept me sane, engaged and disciplined throughout quarantine by painting together from our homes. www.rooflesspainters.com Climate Reality Project Is an international organization that helps spread information about climate change. Our local chapter has an amazing group of fellow Angelenos that work tirelessly for positive change locally. Www.laclimatereality.org
Earth day march photo credit Sybil Azur