QUESTION & ANSWER WITH TONY SOUTH
Q: Why do I paint what I paint?
A: Hmmm, I guess I liken my themes to a clearing out of the loft or maybe a garage sale, a convergence of "mind garbage" collected over many years daydreaming.
Q: Are there any details that have an important significance in Britannia revisited
A: Yes, the Union Jack/flag and the Triumph motorcycle were once symbols of an industrious and thriving British empire.The monkey in the Britannia attire marks the devolution of these symbols and an ending of an era, for better or worse!
Q: What do you hope the viewer takes away from your work
A: A lighter wallet would be good...In all seriousness though, if the viewer walks away and remembers the painting weeks/months or years later then I couldn't ask for more.
Q: What is your dream project?
A: As a young man I used to dream of my drawings/ paintings adorning the album covers of my favourite rock bands, I remember sending stuff to Thin Lizzy etc when I was around 13/14 years old...to no avail though. Album covers were also a big inspiration for me starting out, holding artists Roger Dean, Jim FitzPTrick, Frazetta and Vallejo in high esteem.
Q: If you can see your work hanging in one museum/collection which would it be?
A: I don't mind really where my works hang, as long as the owners enjoy it and still get a kick from it.
BIOGRAPHY - Leah Waichulis B. 1979
In her paintings and drawings of interiors and landscapes, Leah Waichulis combines direct observation with memory and emotion, conveying an authentic sense of place.
Leah Waichulis exhibits in galleries nationwide and was recently featured in two North Light Books: Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing and Strokes of Genius: Light and Shadow. Her artwork has been included in national and international publications such as American Artist, Artist's Magazine, Drawing, International Artist, and featured on the cover of Art Calendar. She has received awards from Artist's Magazine, American Women Artists, Salon International, and International Artist's Magazine.
Today, she and her husband live and work in their home and studio in Bear Creek Township, Pennsylvania. In 2009, they completed their first instructional DVD, The Waichulis Studio Drawing Clinic: First Steps. Leah, Anthony, and the students at Ani Art Academy Waichulis continue to work together on a daily basis and have become vital to each other's creative process.
Leah Waichulis - B. 1979
Charcoal and pastel on paper
5 1/2 x 8 inches