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Lucinda Leveille

Gold Coast, Queensland

For Lucinda art is an expression and interpretation that not only pleases the eye but draws out our emotion as we continue to discover the different aspects of what we see. A truly talented artist allows the viewer to escape to their own special place for a short while. Lucinda trusts that her art brings a little peace, happiness and love into your life.
Many would say she already has.

Artworks: 158

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About Lucinda Leveille

Thank you for taking the time to see what I’m about.

I’ve always wanted to be an artist, just like my Dad, as a matter of fact it runs in the family. I have been incredibly lucky in that I have always been supported and encouraged by my family, whether it be parents, husband, friends or my son.

I was accepted it into the National Art School at 15, and spent the next 5 years learning and immersing myself with arty farty types, they were good times.
And when I left art school I thought I would be the next sensational artist to rock the world, I saw myself starving in a garrett and producing work that would affect people’s lives; little did I know :).

When my parents moved to the Gold Coast from Sydney, I had just finished art school and having no money whatsoever, I went with them. With high hopes I carted my portfolio to a gallery in Surfers Paradise, (I think there was only one gallery in Surfers) and was absolutely dumbfounded when told I had no talent and to find another career.
I was devastated – I didn’t/couldn’t touch paint for nearly 10 years.
But somehow ………… my dreams survived that day.

Eventually I started to work again, it took quite a few years to get to the stage where I had the confidence to approach a gallery again, but I did – and was offered a solo show. I couldn’t believe my luck!
I felt I’d finally made it – the dream of all artists used to be to have their own solo exhibition.

I haven’t stopped working and creating and trying for that perfect piece since.

I have quite a focused routine. I’m usually up by 5am and in the studio painting immediately, although I do stop for a coffee on my way. Whether I’m tutoring or working on my own creations, you can usually find me there 12 hours a day, most days.
I love to work with oils, watercolours, inks and the dry mediums like graphite and pastels. I find inspiration and excitement in everything – I’m a little like a kid in a lolly shop when I go to an art supply store and I simply have to get everything!

My process begins with an image that talks to me and I start to get inspired, my next decision is which medium would work best with my concept, so you see I need all those different materials (at least that’s what I tell my husband) as a result my work is quite diversified – it gets a little hard to slot me into a mold.

I have works held in collections in England, Spain and America. In Australia there are pieces in Parliament House in Canberra; The Treasury, Canberra; Gold Coast Council Public Library and the Gold Coast Marine Rescue to name a few.

One of my favourite quotes is from William Dobell – “A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put onto canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing.”

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